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Leach, Leachcraft

A leach is one skilled in medicine, and “leach-craft” is the profession of a medical man. (Anglo-Saxon, laece, one who relieves pain, leachcraft.)

And straight way sent, with carefull diligence.
To fetch a leach the which had great insight
In that disease.

Spenser: Faërie Queene, book i canto x line 23

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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