Scarificators

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« on: 09/06/2015 17:56:53 »
Before we started transfusion, we had rather a different approach to blood based treatment...
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« Reply #1 on: 12/06/2015 05:05:22 »
The idea of bleeding a patient for such a huge range of symptoms seems barbaric, until you read about haemochromatosis.  It has a huge range of symptoms and the correct treatment is blood letting.  It is possibly the most common recessive disease in Northwestern Europe - maybe as a *result* of doctors bleeding everybody for a few centuries.  People who were abnormally good at absorbing iron would have been most able to survive their medical treatment.

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Re: Scarificators
« Reply #2 on: 13/06/2015 17:39:10 »
Quite right! And the condition polycythaemia rubra vera (PCRV), where an individual makes too many red cells, is also managed by regular venesection (blood letting).
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