Excerpt from New York Eclectic Medical Review, Vol. 1: A Monthly Record of Medicine and the Collateral Sciences; June-November, 1866
The position of eclectics is essentially what it has been Since its introduction to the American people and the world. Theoretically and practically, we have rejected, and we do now reject, that wholesale bloodletting which has made up a large share of the treatment of allopathists in all acute diseases. Only a few years Since, bloodletting was the rule with the thousands of physicians and writers of this country and of the fatherland. How foolish would any of us have been regarded, twenty years ago, if we had publicly pre dicted that in 1866, bloodletting would not be the general practice in fevers and inﬂammations! But we have kept our faith, our practice has proved itself the right practice, and allopathists themselves do not resort to bleeding in one tenth of the cases in which they formerly did. The teachers of allopathy, the professors in their colleges, still advocate this fatal barbarism, and their graduates far too frequently resort to it. But the common sense of the people, and the superior success of eclectic physicians, have brought the practice into disgraceful contempt, in the honest minds of the American people. Surely, this is a change and a tri umph! A change by which thousands of lives are saved every year, and a triumph to every eclectic who has been struggling for a right to live and to be honored through these twenty years past.
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