Medical Leeches Are Back (Yes, You Read That Right)

Medical Leeches Are Back (Yes, You Read That Right)

Leeches are especially helpful when veins are damaged and unable to properly drain blood from extremities, for example, in recently reattached amputations. Applying medical leeches. From Historia Medica by W. van den Bossche, 1638.   via Wikimedia Commons By: James MacDonald May 30, 2017 Leeches are making a medical comeback, at least in Russia. Seen as a cheaper option in an underfunded health system, leeches are...
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Embryology in the Qur’ān. A description of the Alaqah stage

Embryology in the Qur’ān. A description of the Alaqah stage

By Elias Kareem Last updated: 27 March 2014, version 1.90 revision 79 September 2000, February 2012, March 2012 © Elias Kareem 2014. All rights reserved All images reproduced in this paper from the stated sources are under the provisions of the copyright law. No part of this publication may be reproduced for commercial purposes. www.islampapers.com 1. INTRODUCTION The Qur’ān is...
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The Medicinal Use of Leeches in the Nineteenth Century Ottoman Empire

The Medicinal Use of Leeches in the Nineteenth Century Ottoman Empire

The Leech Craze: The Medicinal Use and Commodification of Leeches in the Nineteenth Century Ottoman Empire Yasemin Baran Abstract This article is about the Ottoman Empire’s gradual turn from the Arabo- Persian medical heritage to Western medicine, viewed through the lens of the medicinal leech. In pre-modern medicine, leeches were used mainly within the principles of the Arabo-Persian medical paradigm....
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