Sentence Examples with the word blood-letting

In the monastic period pharmacy was to a great extent under the control of the religious orders, particularly the Benedictines, who, from coming into contact with the Arabian physicians, devoted themselves to pharmacy, pharmacology and therapeutics; but, as monks were forbidden to shed blood, surgery fell largely into the hands of barbers, so that the class of barber-surgeons came into existence, and the sign of their skill in blood-letting still appears in provincial districts in England in the form of the barber's pole, representing the application of bandages.

From this cloister opened the infirmary (K), with its hall, chapel, cells, blood-letting house and other dependencies.

He largely employed powerful medicines and blood-letting both ordinary and by cupping.