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Date

1861 - 1865

Description

During the American Civil War, leeches were applied to treat many ailments. It was thought that leeches would drain "impure blood" from the body, curing the illness. When the "bleeding" had been completed, the nurse would remove the leech with salt and use it on another patient.

Item Type

medical equipment

Material Type

metal

Date Uploaded

07.25.2017

Dimensions

10.7 x 5.3 x 3.3

Dimensions Notes

All measurements were taken in centimeters. Measurements are listed as “length by width by height” or “height by diameter” unless otherwise noted.

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