Since Then. . . .
Posted by Ken on February 24, 1998 at 11:32:42:
In response to Follow that link!, written by Caroline on February 23, 1998 at 22:00:54
] Apparently, it's never entirely disappeared! You can look up leeches in our Archives if you wish, but I think the most direct answer to your question is in this link.....
I've learned one of the more common remaining uses for leechery is in the reattachment of fingers, toes, & other small bits of the body that have unaccountably gone astray (-: Seriously, again, blood cannot return past the point of obstruction until the veins are re-knit together, so leeches are sometimes employed to prevent blood pooling in the newly attached flesh. In this case it isn't the anti-coagulant properties they are said to possess, but the, hmmmm, neatness with which they can accomplish the task.
As for blood donation, in the US the interval is every 8 weeks. I've done it numerous times, but never felt other than shakey & wiped out for a good 12 hours afterwards. (The beer thing isn't much use if you can't hold up the mug, see? (-: ) No, I always went for hot and sour soup. There was a local restaurant that made it so rich I always figured it could be a 1-to-1 replacement for what I had lost: just hook it up to the vein & pump it right in (-:
- On using Leeches (historic info, but not for the squeamish) Carolyn B 21:31:08 2/24/98 (3)
- Another estimate Ken 08:30:24 2/25/98 (1)
- Something from Anthro 101 Carolyn B 20:19:57 2/25/98 (0)
- PS: I'll spare you the descriptions of bloodletting : P *nfm* Carolyn B 21:38:42 2/24/98 (0)
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