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Leeches? Just what the doctor ordered - if you're in Russia

Ancient remedy is common in country's impoverished medical, economic system

A worker at the International Center for Medicinal Leeches near Moscow. Leeches are still widely prescribed in Russian medicine as a low-cost substitute for blood thinners such as warfarin


THEY are small as physician assistants go, about five centimetres long, and slithery. They wiggle about for a bit on Elena Kalinicheva's back before getting down to what they do best: sucking blood.

Leeches - yes, leeches - are still widely prescribed in Russian medicine,...

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