Medicine: Bloodletting, New Style

Oldtime physicians who bled their patients for whatever ailed them, from "the vapors" to the gout, did more harm than good. But modern medicine has not forgotten the ancient practice. A pair of New Orleans researchers reported to the American Heart Association last week that repeated small bleedings have proved effective in relieving the agonizing tightness of angina pectoris and other symptoms of coronary disease—ironically, an uncommon problem in the days of leeching and venepuncture.

Tulane University's Dr. George E. Burch and Dr. Nicholas P. DePasquale got the idea of bleeding their patients...

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