BLEEDING. The great vein of the neck is decidedly the best to bleed from in all cases requiring general blood-letting. The operation, although simple, is frequently done in a most clumsy manner, and serious injuries often follow the improper use of the fleam. We prefer a lancet in most cases; but, if the fleam be used, let the operator gently rise the vein, by pressing his finger softly upon it, and, at the part immediately above where the vessel divides into two branches, open it by a well-directed stroke. Opening the temporal artery, in affections of the head and eyes, is an operation of great importance, and often relieves when other bleedings fail. Bleeding in the toe, as it is called, is topical, and therefore is of great use in affections of the foot; and so, perhaps, bleeding from the veins of the thigh may be found beneficial as a topical remedy.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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