Bloodletting was used for hundreds of years to help cure illness and restore health, and its popularity thrived in the 19th century. Even though its effectiveness was routinely questioned, the procedure was used for cardiac problems into the 1920s.

“In addition to cutting hair, a barber might pull teeth, perform surgery on minor wounds, amputate limbs or administer leeches”.

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