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

Dave Ratcliffe (
Fri, 13 Oct 1995 23:11:05 GMT

In article <>, "G. Merrill Dodge" <> writes:
- (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?

Maggots to eat away necrotic tissue. It's already being done.

Dave Ratcliffe
Harrisburg, Pa.