The Death of George Washington: An End to the Controversy?

  title={The Death of George Washington: An End to the Controversy?},
  author={Michael L. Cheatham},
  journal={The American Surgeon},
  pages={770 - 774}
  • M. Cheatham
  • Published 1 August 2008
  • Medicine
  • The American Surgeon
The controversy surrounding the death of George Washington was immediate, intense, and continues today. After a horse ride in sleet and snow, Washington developed fulminant acute epiglottitis that rapidly claimed his life within 24 hours. In treatment, he endured phlebotomy of over 2500 mL as well as various other painful therapies that were the standard practice of the day. Over the years, numerous criticisms have been lodged against the care his three physicians rendered. Although the marked… 

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