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As a general rule, the aged and very young do not bear this kind of depletion well.
We should be governed by the effects produced
upon the pulse, and general system, with- out particular reference to the quantity of blood taken. Few things connected with the practice of Medicine seem to me more absurd, than the plan adopted by some practitioners, of advising the abstraction of a given quantity of blood, for the relief of a particular disease. I allude here to the practice (still pursued in some of our larger cities) where the Physician contents himself with visiting and prescribing for patients, and entrusts the performance of this and other small operations, in the hands of another who is interested no farther than to carry out the prescription. He is constantly liable to fall into error, from undue blood-letting on the one hand, and inefficient on the other; upon either of which mistakes the life of a
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