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blood letting

The removal of a quantity of blood for therapeutic purposes. Also called venesection or phlebotomy. The procedure is rarely needed and is confined to conditions such as POLYCYTHAEMIA, HAEMOCHROMATOSIS, PORPHYRIA and sometimes HEART FAILURE.
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Fresh from a stand-up row with his closest EU ally Nicolas Sarkozy, the Prime Minister was plunged into Tory blood letting yesterday over its favourite obsession.
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