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12 Blade Bleeder 3D Model
Bloodletting was a common medical technique utilized until the end of the 19th century, though its roots can be traced back to ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. The medical procedure was used as a means to help combat disease with the belief that it could help reduce inflamation and bring balance to the body. The procedure was often carried out with a sharp lancet, or, in times following its introduction in the mid 17th century, multi-bladed bleeders called scarificators. Scarificators were often used as a quick mechanical means of drawing blood, as the cuts were more shallow and less painless than more tradtional bloodletting techniques. Following the multiple incisions, cups were often placed at the site to collect drained blood.
On loan to the Ruth Lilly Medical Library from the private collection of Dr. Leo J. McCarthy.