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The lowly leech resurrected.

Movie buffs will recall vividly the scene in The African Oueen when Humphrey climbs back into his boat after pushing it through a swampy area and exclaims to Hepburn as he frantically begins to pluck leeches from his body, "If there's any world, it's leeches--filthy little devils!" Anyone who has found one clinging to a go in the ole swimmin' hole would probably share that sentiment and wonder how doctors of yesteryear could possibly have been so crude as to use the bloodsucke practices. Are any readers old enough to remember seeing jars of leeches in the pharmacy?

Believe it or not, we've come full circle in medical science; leeches have onc into their own. In 1985, a surgeon at none other than Harvard Medical School's p Children's Hospital used leeches to save the reattached ear of a five-year-old a by a dog. In England, the leech-growing industry has become big business, with a demand from plastic surgeons in particular. The fact is, no chemical substance y man is as efficient and effective in promoting circulation of blood to tissue gr surgically reattached after accidental severing than Bogie's "filthy little devi carefully reconstructed tissue at the hands of a skilled plastic surgeon may suf of blood and swelling at the suture site from clotting of small blood vessels, w deformity or even destruction of the attachment.

The lowly leech, however, is capable of gently and painlessly removing c unblocking plugged blood vessels at the site, permitting rapid healing and succe are even used to treat massive bruising and discoloration around the eye, and wh having several of these little creatures hanging from one's skin may seem repugn tolerate them very well and are deeply grateful for the rapid healing they produ using leeches in plastic surgery and other selected medical procedures has been in recent scientific papers, so if your doctor offers that alternative, there's or report him to the local medical society.
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Publication:Medical Update
Date:Nov 1, 1989
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