How 18th-Century Medicine Killed George Washington

What killed George Washington? Turns out it was probably related to the bloodletting and other 18th-century medicine his doctors applied.

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Sources:

George Washington’s Terminal Illness: A Modern Medical Analysis of the Last Illness and Death of George Washington


http://www.mountvernon.org/research-collections/digital-encyclopedia/article/the-death-of-george-washington/
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/dec-14-1799-excruciating-final-hours-president-george-washington/
http://www.medtech.edu/blog/the-history-progression-and-modern-stance-on-bloodletting
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1065003/
http://www.britannica.com/animal/blister-beetle#ref127111
http://www.blood.co.uk/about-blood/how-the-body-replaces-blood/
http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/epiglottitis/overview.html

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