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much blood will flow: if irritation, very little. But I cannot imagine that much pract- -ical information would be afforded by such a course; and would rather depend as usual, on the state of the pulse associ- -ated with other symptoms, as a means of diagnosis. As it is often desirable to produ- -ce a decided impression on the patient and disease, at the same time that the strength of the former is economics; much may be effected by the posture in which he is placed during the flow of blood. If the patient is placed in an upright position, the loss of a moderate quantity of blood will often produce as much effect upon the disease, as the withdrawal of a much larger quantity would, if taken from him in a recumbent posture. While the vital forces are thus spared, this system is left in a better condition for repairing the damages inflicted by the disease –
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