Opera Omnia Medica & Chirurgica
Botallo was a strong advocate of blood letting, the practice of draining blood from the body to cure a variety of diseases and afflictions. The practice was
popular in Italy during the sixteenth century when
Botallo was a working physician. In fact, elaborate cups made in Venice for catching the drained blood became family heirlooms due to their expense and perceived usefulness. It wasn’t until the early nineteenth century that the practice became widely condemned.
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