- Lit. 'leech-craft'. The art of traditional medicine based on ancient recipes and practical experience. It was replaced by the more consciously rational 'physic', based upon knowledge of physica, i.e. nature. -Cf. Blood-letting
Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases. Christopher Coredon with Ann Williams.
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Blood-letting — The practice of blood letting or bleeding (phlebotomy) was general throughout the medieval period. It was considered a panacea for a variety of ills. In monasteries, monks were treated at set times of the year, which were known as tempora… … Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases