A surgeon letting blood from a woman's arm, and a physician
Credit: Wellcome Library, London.

True English Bloodletting

A True English Bloodletting by Dr Stephen Curtis Phlebotomy (or blood-letting) is perhaps the most infamous of all early-modern medical interventions. Synonymous with an outmoded view of the body and generally accompanied by lurid descriptions of bloodthirsty doctors cutting and cupping indiscriminately, the truth is actually that there was a whole wealth of knowledge and…