> On that link I sent, there was an hypothesis about its origin, but I don't
> remember what it was.
Well *I* read, and it says they believe the disease originated in one person
in Ireland about 40,000 years ago during a famine. Then it was passed on.
> Don't tell me doctors use leeches. That's gross. I was trying
> to maintain
> a sense of humor about it.
They don't use leeches for bloodletting, but for consuming diseased or dead
flesh. They are great for gangrene, I think, and perhaps for diabetics who
tend to develop ulcers and then lose limbs. This is from memory, so don't
quote me. At any rate, they are very neat and tidy and only eat the bad
stuff, leaving fresh, healthy tissue which can begin to heal.
that's not gross, that's neat!