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Dr Rankin Letter to Lancet 1839

Here is quite a long letter from Dr Rankin of Carluke to the learned journal The Lancet in 1839. Today we would take issue with most of this country doctor's assumptions and conclusions, but suffice to say the Lancet printed it verbatim, such was medical knowledge of the time. Little wonder ye then, that people died of the multitude of causes, attended only by leeches and blood letting, or given purgatives and home remedies (see the letters of Thomas Fell eleswhere here)

Consider that, next time you visit the NHS.
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