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Benjamin Vaughan letter to Dr. Page about bloodletting

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Benjamin Vaughan letter to Dr. Page about bloodletting / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 5, page 140.

This 1801 letter from Benhamin Vaughan to Dr. Page recommends bloodletting, or phlebotomy, to cure a patient's aliment.

Bloodletting was a common healing technique. Doctors would cut patients in several spots and allow their blood to drain, with the idea that the sickness would leave their body through the blood.

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