Almost 2000 years ago people were practicing something called “bloodletting.” While today we draw small amounts of blood for diagnostic purposes, bloodletting was the process of draining a large amount of blood for therapeutic reasons.
Although bloodletting likely killed more people than it helped, it wasn’t until the second half of the 1800s that people began to question the treatment’s effectiveness. Bloodletting was so popular that it was used to treat almost every disease: acne, diabetes, epilepsy, smallpox and more. With the development of evidence-based medicine however, the treatment slowly lost favor during the 19th century.
Today we know bloodletting is mostly harmful and phlebotomy usually now refers to the removal of small quantities of blood. If you think blood is more interesting than ‘yuck,’ you should consider a career in phlebotomy. The AUMT Institute of Southern California helps students obtain licenses as Californian Certified Phlebotomy Technicians, with the lowest tuitions in the state!
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