E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
of Valladolid, a tall, meagre, pale man, of very solemn appearance, who weighed every word he uttered, and gave an emphasis to his sage dicta. His reasoning was geometrical, and his opinions angular. He said to the licentiate Sedillo, who was sick, If you had drunk nothing else but pure water all your life, and eaten only such simple food as boiled apples, you would not now be tormented with gout. He then took from him six porringers of blood to begin with; in three hours he repeated the operation; and again the next day, saying: It is a gross error to suppose that blood is necessary for life. With this depletion, the patient was to drink two or three pints of hot water every two hours. The result of this treatment was death from obstinacy. (Gil Blas, chap. ii.)