Preserved medicinal leech, 19th century

Preserved medicinal leech, 19th century

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Caption: 19th century specimen of a medicinal leech (Hirudo medicinalis) preserved in jar. Leeches are blood-sucking worms which were used to treat illnesses ascribed to the patient having an excess of blood.

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