Tuesday, November 28, 2023


What is it?

So what is this object that we showed you in the Sunday, June 11th issue of the RVtravel.com newsletter?

It’s a Bloodletting Bowl from Massachusetts in the 1600s. We found it at the Plimoth-Patuxet Museum in Plymouth, at the location of a re-creation of the permanent settlement of the Pilgrims who landed at nearby Plymouth Rock in 1620.

In those days and through the 1800s, people believed that illnesses were caused by an imbalance of the four humors, or fluids, that made up the body. If you had too much blood, one way to bring someone back “into balance” was to remove some of their blood and collect it in a bowl like this. Bloodletting Bowls, sometimes called Bleeding Bowls, were common. This one is very primitive. Some that came later could be elegant like the one below.

Such bowls were used by doctors, but also by barbers. In addition to cutting hair and shaving, barbers also pulled teeth and provided bloodletting services. The red stripe on a barber pole you still see today represents blood.

In almost every situation bloodletting would not have helped the patient. Removing too much blood can be dangerous for a healthy person and especially deadly for someone who is already sick. That being said, there are a couple rare situations in which bloodletting and leeches are still used in modern medicine.

Are there any other procedures we do today that involve removing blood from a patient? Blood test? Donating blood? We still draw blood today, but for different reasons than the Pilgrims 400 years ago.



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Neal Davis (@guest_240327)
5 months ago


Diane McGovern
5 months ago
Reply to  Neal Davis

My first thought was for chips and dip. That’s why I added it as an option to Chuck’s post.😅 Have a good night, Neal. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

Ron L (@guest_240313)
5 months ago

The article on tank sensors is very subjective and can be disputed by many. The common GEO Method (and most of its variants) will, and do, work well to clean not only the tanks but will keep the sensors working as designed. Most, if not all, aftermarket solutions, are mainly junk (in my opinion) and a waste (pun intended) of money.

Sherry (@guest_240258)
5 months ago

Wow. You always see them using a little cup on TV or in movies. This had to be awkward and scary. Thanks for sharing

Dan (@guest_240242)
5 months ago

I prefer leeches. Less clean up when finished.

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