Impressive Results for Slow-healing WoundsAn Ancient Treatment - RediscoveredFly larvae have been used for centuries to successfully treat wounds. However, once penicillin was discovered, and antibiotic therapy became common worldwide, maggot therapy was forgotten. But now that bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to modern antibiotics, maggot therapy is experiencing a resurgence.Maggots Promote HealingFly larvae can debride and help heal chronic wounds in a form of biosurgery. As strange as it sounds, maggot therapy is often a patient's last chance to prevent amputation of a limb. The results of maggot therapy have been impressive in treating diabetic foot ulcers, slow-healing wounds resulting from circulatory problems, and pressure sores in bed-bound patients: over a majority of these wounds - many of them in existence for years - heal without pain or side effects.Everything You Need to Know About Maggot TherapyThis text contains extensive, reader-friendly information on maggot therapy. There is an overview of the pertinent fly species, a history of maggot therapy, and information on maggots' mode of action and application. In addition to detailed descriptions of the clinical problems for which maggots can be used, there are case studies and questions and answers from medical practice.Wilhelm Fleischmann, M.D., is a university lecturer and head physician at the Department of Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery at the Bietigheim Hospital, Germany. He is one of the leading German experts in maggot therapy.Martin Grassberger, M.D., Ph.D., is a physician and biologist at the University of Vienna, Austria. He also works as an independent researcher and consultant in the field of medical entomology and is a specialist on maggot debridement therapy and forensic entomology.Dr. Ronald Sherman, MD, MSc, is a physician at the Medical Center of the University of California at Los Angeles. He is the undisputed pioneer of modern maggot debridement therapy.
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Published February 20, 2004
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