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Armed with razor-sharp teeth and capable of drinking many times its volume of blood, the leech is an unlikely cure for ill health. Yet that is exactly the role this worm-like parasite has played in both Western and Eastern medicine throughout history.
 
In this book, Robert G. W. Kirk and Neil Pemberton explore how the leech surfaces in radically different spheres. The ancients used them in humeral medicine to bring the four humors of the body—blood, phlegm, and black and yellow bile—back into balance. Today, leeches are used in plastic and reconstructive surgery to help reattach severed limbs and remove pools of blood before it kills tissue. Leeches have also been used in a nineteenth-century meteorological barometer and a twentieth-century biomedical tool that helped win a Nobel Prize. Kirk and Pemberton also reveal the dark side of leeches as they are portrayed in fiction, film, and popular culture. From Bram Stoker’s Dracula to a video game player’s nemesis, the leech is used to represent the fears of science run amok. Leech shines new light on one of humanity’s most enduring and unlikely companions.

About the Author

Robert G. W. Kirk is Wellcome Research Fellow in the Centre for the History of Science Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester.
Neil Pemberton is a research associate in the Centre for the History of Science Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester.

Table of Contents

Introducing Leech

1. Natural Leech

2. Medical Leech

3. Capitalist Leech

4. Mechanical Leech

5. Wild Leech

6. Horror Leech

7. Biomedical Leech

Concluding Leech

Timeline of the Leech

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Associations and Websites

Acknowledgements

Photo Acknowledgements

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781780230337
Author:
Kirk, Robert
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Author:
Kirk, Robert G. W.
Author:
Pemberton, Neil
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Nature Studies-Zoology
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Animal
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
60 color plates, 40 halftones
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.38 in

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