Leech

Leech A friend and a fiend the leech is one of nature s most tenacious yet mysterious animals Armed with razor sharp teeth and capable of drinking many times their own volume in blood these formidable wor

  • Title: Leech
  • Author: Robert G.W. Kirk Neil Pemberton
  • ISBN: 9781780230337
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Paperback
  • A friend and a fiend, the leech is one of nature s most tenacious yet mysterious animals Armed with razor sharp teeth and capable of drinking many times their own volume in blood, these formidable worms are an unlikely candidate to turn to as a cure for sickness Yet that is the role leeches have played in both Western and Eastern medicine throughout history Today they cA friend and a fiend, the leech is one of nature s most tenacious yet mysterious animals Armed with razor sharp teeth and capable of drinking many times their own volume in blood, these formidable worms are an unlikely candidate to turn to as a cure for sickness Yet that is the role leeches have played in both Western and Eastern medicine throughout history Today they continue to be used in post operative care, helping to heal the body after reconstructive surgery Leech explores how these surprising animals have helped us to overcome illness, forecast the weather, and better understand how our brains and bodies work However, for every leech that brings hope, there has been a sinister twin From Bram Stoker s Dracula, through twentieth century film, to twenty first century video games, leeches have come to represent the worst in human nature In Leech, Robert G W Kirk and Neil Pemberton reveal how these fascinating creatures have been one of humanity s most enduring and peculiar companions.Robert G W Kirk is a 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.

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    1. I've had a morbid obsession with leeches for many, many years. About 15 years ago I ordered about a dozen leeches from a biological supply house to keep as pets to try and get over my squeamishness. Didn't work. When I saw this in the "new books" section of the library I was thrilled. I thought maybe if I learned a ton about leeches that would do it. Um, nope. HOWEVER, this is a fantastic book written in a conversational tone by someone really advocating for the leech. It has sections on the lee [...]

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