Medieval Bloodletting

Medieval Bloodletting

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Caption: Like the ancient Greeks, Muslim physicians believed that bleeding a patient could cure many diseases. Although this practice seems crude today, the early doctors knew a great deal about blood and how it traveled around the body. One 13th century Egyptian writer, Ibn an-Nafis, wrote about the circulation of blood some 400 years before this was discovered in Europe.

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