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2/26/2019 Medical Grand Rounds: The Curious History of Leeches - from Hippocrates to FDA Approved Medical Device





Credit Hours: CME 1.00

Target Audience:

Faculty, residents, fellows, and community physicians in General Internal Medicine and subspecialties.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Review the rise and fall and return of leeches in medicine.
  • Explain how leeches are considered a medical devise.
  • Recall the history of anticoagulants.
  • Recognize the clinical relevance of the past.

Suggested Additional Reading:

  1. Oliver JD, DeLoughery EP. Leeches and Plastic Surgery in the Modern Era. Plastic Surgical Nursing. 38(3):88-89, 2018.
  2. Hodgson D. Of gods and leeches: treatment of priapism in the ninetheenth century. J Royal Society of Medicine. 96(11):562-5, 2003.
  3. Joslin J, Biondich A, Walker K, Zanghi N. A comprehensive review of Hirudiniasis: From Historic Uses of Leeches to modern treatment of their bites. Wilderness & Environmental Medicine. 28(4):355-361, 2017.

Mindy Schwartz, MD — Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago Medical Center
No relationships with industry relevant to the content of this educational activity have been disclosed.
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The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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