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The oldest profession
October 24, 2013 Jerry Purvis   
Barbering, a profession that dates back thousands of years, continues to change to meet the preferences of its clientele. And some of those changes have been stark.

Less than 150 years ago, barbers also provided minor surgical services, such as tooth extraction and bloodletting, done with the help of leeches. In fact, the red stripes on the traditional barber pole were the symbol that barbers offered that service.


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