"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)
"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)
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)