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In Their Own Words

April 21, 1738

Bruise Required Blood Letting

This entry in the journal of William Stephens showed the primitive nature of medicine in colonial Georgia; he was bled for a simple bruise on his side:

“…An Accident befel me this Day, which prevented my stirring Abroad: Sitting at my Table in the Morning writing, my Stool happened to slide, and fall- ing across it, I so bruised my Side, that I was obliged to take away a little Blood, as well as apply some outward Remedy for Ease. … “

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 130.