Odd Jobs

A Career in Leech Farming: Really Odd Jobs

You only think you work with a bunch of bloodsuckers. Rudy Rosenberg actually does. As a purveyor of hirudo medicinalis (medicinal leeches), this entrepreneur from Garden City, N.Y., sells these carnivorous little critters for $8 a piece. Bloodletting was long ago dismissed as the quackery of medieval barbers. But in recent years, doctors have used leeches on patients for removal of engorged blood. They've even been used to reduce knee pain from osteoarthritis. Some researchers believe that the saliva from leeches has an anti-inflammatory effect.
(Nancy Rica Schiff )