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1861 - 1865
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.
10.7 x 5.3 x 3.3
All measurements were taken in centimeters. Measurements are listed as “length by width by height” or “height by diameter” unless otherwise noted.
The Barbara H. Hagan School of Nursing: Historical Collection. (2017). "Field Leech Box Tin - 1" [Photograph]. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.molloy.edu/nur_hagan/57