blood letting


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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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As might be expected from the general drift of my argument, compulsory male cults that had as their centrepiece one or a number of blood letting rites were typically found in societies in which leadership was intermediary between full-blown big-manship and full-blown great-manship.
Blood letting over the past 40 years has either been caused by reactions to right wing policies or perpetrated by those who follow such doctrines.
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Rather than shouting from the sidelines, I want to get involved and be part of the blood letting.
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Cromb is hoping to complete the deal at the start of the week without any more blood letting.
One or two people have strong opinions, there's no point denying that, but there was no mud slinging or blood letting," he said.