Bloodletting, blisters and the mystery of Washington’s death

Aired: 12/15/2014 | 0:04:45 | Clip
Learn the gruesome details of President George Washington’s final hours on the 215th anniversary of his death. The retired commander-in-chief woke up at 2 a.m. on Dec. 14, 1799, with a sore throat. After a series of medical procedures, including the draining of nearly 40 percent of his blood, he died that evening. Dr. Howard Markel of the University of Michigan shares the story with Jeffrey Brown.