The maggots were/are grown aseptically to minimize the possibility of introducing microbes. My understanding is, that the biggest drawback to this method of treatment, other than the aestheics, is that it causes an intense itching.
Thanks for bringing up the medical benefits of maggots. I was thinking about it while I read the article, although in THIS particular case, it doesn't apply.
Doctors also use leeches on people with severe facial injuries. I think it helps reduced scarring. I saw them use leeches on a guy on an episode of Emergency! Life in the E/R. They also use leeches for other purposes.
It's funny that with all our advancements in medicine, good old medieval maggots and leeches still have their uses, isn't it?
The old simple methods still have their place. You'd be surprised at how many ills just plain hot salt water helps--infected cuts and sores, boils, muscle aches and pains.
But this particular story is just plain gross and shameful.
posted on 03/24/2002 3:43:16 PM PST
I thought that was still being done because the maggots do less damage than slicing entire areas out.
posted on 03/24/2002 5:05:31 PM PST
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