“Foreign Bodies in Surgery”

Alfred Poulet wrote in 1880 a two-volume book called “A Treatise on Foreign Bodies in Surgical Practice”.

The books describe, for example, a case of a woman who had been experiencing vaginal bleeding for several months, but which failed to respond to conventional treatments. After direct observation, the patient was found to have a live leech in the vagina [after removal of the leech, the doctor recommended her to use an underwear or a cork stopper when going to the river for a bathe]. Leech died of starvation after removal.

(via BoingBoing)

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