Brett Westwood is sucked into the weird and wonderful world of the leech. It has been portrayed both as monstrous and as a medical marvel, but which is nearer the truth?
Brett Westwood is sucked into the weird and wonderful world of the leech. It's been portrayed both as monstrous and as a medical marvel, but which is nearer the truth? Christopher Frayling doesn't think we can ever get over the fact that it's a reviled bloodsucker, just like the most famous bloodsucker of them all, Dracula - and he reveals a hidden link between the two. Bethany Sawyer and her company provide leeches for the NHS to help in reconstructive surgery, and Brett visits their leech farm for an uncomfortably close encounter. Emma Sherlock is an enthusiast for all things wormy and for the amazing abilities of the humble leech, but hearing how they used to be gathered and used could surely send a shudder down any spine..
Bethany Sawyer, General Manager of Biopharm
Sir Christopher Frayling, Professor Emeritus of Cultural History, Royal College of Art
Emma Sherlock, Curator of Free Living Worms at the Natural History Museum
Dr Robert Kirk, Lecturer in Medical History and Humanities at the University of Manchester
Geoffrey Whitehead, Reader
Producer Beth O'Dea.
Dr Emma Sherlock
Sir Christopher Frayling
Dr Robert Kirk
With the support of the Wellcome Trust, Rob is currently exploring how human-animal relations shape and potentially sustain health and wellbeing in society. This asks how our perceptions of medicine might change if health and wellbeing were thought of as more than human concerns.