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patient may depend: say the least, he does
great injustice to those who place themselves under his care. How often do we see a strong man faint from the lass of a few ounces of blood; and another of apparently feeble constitution lose a much larger quantity without the same effect being produced: therefore I think that no certain rule can be established as to the amount of blood to be abstracted in any disease –
It is insisted on by D. Marshall Hall that a patient labouring under inflammation, will bear the loss of a much larger quantity with- out becoming faint, than could be born in health. He says “that the state of the [illegible] [illegible] produced by the presence of inflammation protects it from ordinary consequences of loss of blood” – I shall next notice some of the diseases to which blood-letting is appli- cable as a therapeutical agent. It is in the treatment of inflammatory diseases above all
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