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Bloodletting by CanisAlbus Bloodletting by CanisAlbus
Bloodletting (or blood-letting) is the withdrawal of often small quantities of blood from a patient to cure or prevent illness and disease. Bloodletting was based on an ancient system of medicine in which blood and other bodily fluid were regarded as "humors" that had to remain in proper balance to maintain health. It was the most common medical practice performed by physicians from antiquity until the late 19th century, a span of almost 2,000 years. The practice has now been abandoned for all except a few very specific conditions. It is conceivable that historically, in the absence of other treatments for hypertension, bloodletting could sometimes have had a beneficial effect in temporarily reducing blood pressure by reducing blood volume. However, since hypertension is very often asymptomatic and thus undiagnosable without modern methods, this effect was unintentional. In the overwhelming majority of cases, the historical use of bloodletting was harmful to patients.


16th century medicine sure was interesting...
Being an albino, a former runt of the litter and blessed with particularly poor immune system, Machete probably had to go though a variety of illnesses during his lifetime. At the point he was a cardinal he'd probably be able to afford a personal doctor who would be in charge of dealing with his changeable health and regular bleeding sessions.

No sir, he's not liking it.

Renaissance clothing and furniture? I don't even know. Usable references were at bay so I just improvised something that might fit the setting.
And the doctor is a Bracco Italiano, never drawn any dogs of that breed before. Rather striking looking canines.

Graphite and Gimp.

Characters and artwork ©GhoulShoe
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ShigureTheProtector Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Seeing this image, especially with the blood flowing down his wrist, makes my own wrists feel weird. Kinda like the feeling I sometimes get whenever I see a scene in a film where a character hurts their wrists or something. OmO

But this an awesome picture. I love Machete's expression, as usual. He always has wonderful expressions in your pictures, but in this one he looks like he's probably gonna be sick. XD Poor fellow. Keep up the great work. :)
Neroxophine Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I read about this! It wa quite and way of curing disease vuv

But it helped us evolve
WarDrumsOfTime Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
I remember learning about this, the church/doctors did such horrible things back then...
Alphaandabrush Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Blessed? Or Cursed? Which is it?
CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Blessed. In an ironic way.
arcadunato Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
i herd that it was quite common of a practice among kings and who-not.
CanisAlbus Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student General Artist
It was. People believed it could cure anything...
arcadunato Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
hey, mind over matter sometimes worked.
Habotre Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
miksi kaikki tekeleesi ovat niin käsinkosketeltavan makoisia ja hahmosi niin luovan ihania. Olen syvästi rakastunut kaikkeen mitä teet :I. Ihan vaan että tiedät että täälä jossain on pieni abi joka fanityttöilee luomuksiesi perään ihan 6-0.

niitä on kyllä jo muutenkin varmaan aika monta XD!
LiimLsan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Filmographer
You succeeded with the Bracco the first time around. The composition, color strata, and shapes are just gorgeous.
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