Stress :: How mental stress leads to physical ailments

Prolonged stress weakens the immune system, strains the heart, damages memory cells and deposit fats at the waist, says Dr. Bruce McEwen of the neuroendocrinology laboratory, Rockefeller University, and author of a new book, The End of Stress as We Know It.

Useful Leeches

The leech was indispensable in 19th Century medicine for bloodletting, a practice believed to be a cure for anything from headaches to gout. Leeching was largely abandoned as medical science advanced. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, who first condemned the method of using leeches in treating the patients.

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