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The Use of Leeches in Modern Therapeutic Medicine The use of leeches as a method of bloodletting reached a peak during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries At that time leeches were used by apothecaries and surgeons in addition to lancets scarifiers and bleeding cups in an attempt to restore health by removing vitiated blood Eldor et al 1996 The first medical practitioner to use leeches for therapeutic purposes is presumed to be Nicander of Colophan and the use of leeched was mentioned in ancient Chinese Sanskrit Persian and Arabic literature as well as in the Old Testament Eldor et al 1996 In the past leeches were applied to congested or inflamed areas of the body in conditions of engorged hemorrhoids swollen testicles laryngitis prolapsed rectum and inflamed vulva Eldor et al 1996 The demise of leech therapy was a long overdue triumph of science over superstition However this practice is making a major comeback Medicinal leeches Hirudinea medicinalis are now used by plastic surgeons to remove blood from postoperative occlusions in order to increase the success of tissue transplants reduction mammoplasty and the surgical reattachment of amputated extremities and digits by reducing the frequency of necrosis Lent 1990 Leeches are also used in the treatment of post-phlebetic syndrome which is a complication that occurs as a result of venous valve destruction Eldor et al 1996 Therefore leeches are beneficial in overcoming many of the problems commonly associated with reconstructive surgery and venous congestion The medicinal leech H medicinalis belongs to the group of Arhinchobdellida in the Class Hirudinea Huguet et al 1999 Leeches are segmented hermaphroditic freshwater worms of the phylum Annelida and are equipped with two suckers used for clinging and crawling Eldor et al 1996 The smaller anterior sucker houses the mouth which then leads to the buccal cavity which contains three jaws each bearing a row of denticles Rhythmic contractions of the jaw muscles move the jaws back and forth which
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