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June 29, 2004


At long last, the government says it's OK to market leeches.

(Thanks to tavesawyer)


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Bloodsuckers! Does it actually cost money to get one of these age-old medical devices?

Leech Lake reference in 5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ...

1 ...

I have registered the domain e-leech.com, so don't even think about it.

*market the bloodsucking aquatic animals as medical devices.*

How dare they refer to our medical professionals as bloodsucking aquatic animals.

Hey, wait. Maybe I can go down to the local pond, scoop up some "medical devices" and turn them in to the "bloodsucking medical devices" at the clinic as payment on my bill?

They can also be blended into beneficial oil

Lily *market the bloodsucking aquatic animals as medical devices.*

Why not? They've been used as legal devices for years.

OK, DOC, if you insist. But I demand a general anesthetic until it's removed, and that's not negotiable.

So now we can market lawyers and ex-wives (or husbands, as the case may be.) Excellent....

Next it'll be maggots. Or is it too late? And the next diet craze will be "Own your own TAPE worm!"

'Scuse me, Kibby (not Kirby!)

That's alright Guin, I've been known to be making sucking sounds now and then ...... previous post is a good example.

Dibs on Tape Worms though!

I know modern medicine is way over the top cost-wise, but this reactionary decision to revisit medieval medicine seems a bit extreme, don't you think?

I learned about the availability of leeches some years ago, when the web site of a chemical supplier linked me to


You will find it is quite a treasure trove of information, if you can get past the welcome page. You get a price break when you order 100 or more leeches. They also supply “Leech Mobile Homes.” The web site also posts protocols for using leeches in surgery, and notes on “Post-Bite Care.” The key thing to remember is this: “If bleeding is present, patient's hemoglobin levels should be checked daily. It is quite possible for significant falls in hemoglobin levels to occur.”

But first, you have to get past the welcome page.

Indeed, the use of leeches to draw blood goes back THUOSANDS OF YEARS. They were widely used as an alternative treatment to bloodletting and amputation for several THOUSAND YEARS.

Does anyone notice redundancy?

Latest Comeback Kid - Theodoric of York, Midieval Barber (SNL - Bill Murray)

Jamester: don't know if anyone is still checking at this late date -- my absence was explained on another post -- but Theodoric of York was Steve Martin, not Bill Murray.

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