(Dr.), in the romance of Gil Blas, prescribes warm water and bleeding for every ailment. The character is a satire on Helvetius. (Book ii. 2.)
“If the Sangrados were ignorant, there was at any rate more to spare in the veins then than there is now.” —Daily Telegraph.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894