Re: Leeches (Re: Metric Time (was Re: Why not 13 months? (Was La Systeme Metrique))

G. Merrill Dodge (
Thu, 12 Oct 1995 16:09:19 GMT (Illtud Daniel) wrote:

>No they haven't. There's a leech farm in South Wales which is doing
>very nicely thanks.
True, true. They are used in the reattachment of severed limbs/digits. It
seems that the leeches prevent the buildup of fluids at the healing site
that would otherwise eventually impede the healing and allow gangrene to
start. And since the leeches used are free of harmful pathogens, they are
useful in this regard.

Still, it does seeem kind of creepy. What next? Bleeding?

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