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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, May 28, 2014:
An antique jar that held leeches for medical treatments.
Thursday's Smart Talk is an encore presentation program.
As much discussion and controversy there is today about health care and its cost, the fact remains that medical science can treat most diseases, illnesses or conditions without too much pain or discomfort for the patient. In most cases, those treatments are successful.
Not very long ago that wasn't the case. Often patients would be treated with instruments that caused pain and were used without anything to dull the discomfort. The cure was sometimes as bad as the sickness or injury.
It's fascinating to see how far we have come in treating patients and illnesses.
Dr. Douglas Arbittier is an anesthesiologist in York who has collected antique medical instruments and documented medical history for the past 30 years. He has one of the world's largest collections and many stories to tell about medical history.
Just two words to remember as you tune in to Thursday's program with Dr. Arbittier -- bloodletting and leeches.
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