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|No reason to suppose so.
Written by Spencer
(3/3/2003 5:22 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, In real life..., penned by Frank
I have bathed in rivers, lochs and in the Hampstead "bathing ponds" without ever getting a leech. Ticks are picked up in long grass etc where they await hosts, leeches lurk in the water but neither are often a problem in England.
They may have been more common in JA's day, of course. Medicinal leeches are now a protected species - but pollution seems to be the main reason for their deline. As an important element of Regency medicine I imagine that they were valuable and enthusiastically collected so I doubt that there were masses more in most ponds in Darcy's day!
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