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Bloodletting For Weight Reduction
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Woodcut of an obese man (Denis Heracleot) has placed many leeches on his arms and legs in an effort to reduce his weight. Bloodletting was based on an ancient system of medicine in which blood and other bodily fluid were considered to be "humors" the proper balance of which maintained health, but it often weakened sick patients. It was the most common medical practice performed by doctors from antiquity up to the late 19th century, a time span of almost 2,000 years. Leeches could also be used. The withdrawal of so much blood as to induce syncope (fainting) was considered beneficial, and many sessions would only end when the patient began to swoon. This image has been color enhanced.
June 16th, 2014
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