Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Junius Brutus

  • The last days of George Washington

    When George Washington developed laryngitis and shortness of breath in 1799, his doctors used poultices, enemas, and opened his veins to remove almost half of all his blood in 12 hours. Shown on his deathbed in a painting recently dubbed Death by Malpractice, the first president of the United States was 67 years old at…