Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Apr 28 13:06:59 UTC 2013

On Apr 28, 2013, at 4:18 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:

> On Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 4:47 AM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at>wrote:
>> Oddly enough, in East European countries this
>> is not even considered "alternative medicine"--it's a common treatment
>> for the common cold, among others.
> I've known what cupping was at least as long as I've known of the medicinal
> use of leeches (_lekarstvo_, wherein _lek_ has the same root as "leech,"
> right, Victor)

As do "lexicon", "legend", "legal", "logic", etc.  Those leeches get around!

--LH, who recently survived a series of phlebotomy (bloodletting) treatments that no longer involve leeches per se

> - since 1945? - and People's article is the first ascription
> of the treatment to the Inscrutable East that I've ever come across.
> --
> -Wilson
> -----
> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
> -Mark Twain
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