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Fever, 1793

Fever, 1793

by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Quote #4

"Her pulse is fast and strong," he said. "This is the crisis. She must be bled."

Dear God. "Won't that weaken her more?" I asked.

"Bunkum," Dr. Kerr said angrily. "Dr. Rush has proven that bleeding is the only way to save a patient this close to the grave." (10.16-10.18)

Dr. Kerr is the second doctor to visit the Cook house, and he's a follower of Dr. Benjamin Rush. Though Mother's pulse is fast and strong, he decides to bleed her. What would you do with Dr. Kerr's second opinion?

Quote #5

"You'll hear folks say that Dr. Rush is a hero for saving folks with his purges and blood letting. But I've seen different. It's these French doctors here that know how to cure the fever. I don't care if Dr. Rush did sign the Declaration of Independence. I wouldn't let him and his knives near me." (14.53)

Mrs. Flagg works at the hospital at Bush Hill, the one run by the French doctors. She violently disagrees with Dr. Rush, despite the fact that he's all big and important and signed the Declaration of Independence.

Quote #6

On the tenth morning, I was visited by a French doctor, Dr. Deveze. He did not carry a lancet or bowl. He seemed most concerned with the color of my eyes and tongue, and the temper of my pulse. He grunted with satisfaction. (15.9)

How are the treatments of the French doctors different from the ones prescribed by Dr. Rush?

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