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Bloodletting at the barber-surgeon’s

If you were an average person living in Europe between the 12th and 16th centuries and feeling a little under the weather, it would be quite normal to visit the local barber-surgeon for a bloodletting.

By Amelia Soth

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Amelia Soth

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Amelia lives in Chicago and writes the column ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ for JSTOR Daily.