- Part of Popular Zoology
Figure 43 of the 1887 volume Popular Zoology depicting a medicinal leech, with view of chief points of anatomy including mouth, stomach, and terminal sucker.
Designed to give students an understanding of the animal…
- Circa 1950
Leeches have been used in medicine since ancient times. During the Victorian era, French physician Francois-Joseph-Victor Broussais sparked a boom in the leech trade with his popular theory that diet, bloodletting, and…
In the center of a large room, a surgeon in a red cap and apron kneels to apply a leech to the foot of his bearded patient. Scenes of bloodletting and leechcraft are common in such images of doctors' surgeries. The…