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Oddities and Obscurities

The 19th Century Artificial Leech

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Bloodletting with leeches was such a popular treatment for a range of medical conditions that an artificial leech was invented in 1840; however, its gruesome appearance and methods were viewed as being slighty frightentning. The rotating blades would cut a wound in the patient’s skin, while the cylinder would be used to produce a vacuum that sucked up the blood.

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