Those beneficial Leeches again

Helmut Zibrowius hzibrowi at com.univ-mrs.fr
Mon Sep 28 10:57:51 EST 1998


On Mon, 28 Sep 1998 17:29:55 +1100, Geoff Read wrote:

>Hirudophilia. Another press report, in a good month for leech publicists.
>Vein hope.
>Doctors in India have found that leeches can relieve the worst effects of
>varicose veins .... 
>From New Scientist, 26 September 1998

It's an old story that feeding leeches (Hirudo medicinalis) or bloodletting 
can cause various relief. However, this means a loss of body substance.
Therefore investigation is needed how to transform temporarily "excess" 
blood into blackpudding that can be recycled in more meager times without 
increasing cholesterol problems.

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