February 21, 2004 |
British doctors will be able to prescribe maggots to patients with infected wounds, a hospital official said. Tony Fowler, a manager at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, Wales, said the National Health Service realized that maggots were a cheaper and more beneficial means of treating wounds than using conventional medicine. Patients would be able to treat themselves at home and avoid the possibility of picking up a hospital infection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1997
Re " 'Maggot Therapy' Crawls Ahead," July 21: Not an appetizing thought, but not a new idea. In the '50s, in Air Force escape and evasion jungle survival training in Okinawa, we learned that some wounded pilots in WWII let flies lay eggs in their wounds. The maggots ate the gangrenous dead flesh, perhaps saving their lives. BILL GOURLAY Westlake Village Your article brought back memories of my nurse's training in Albany, N.Y. I remember well a few patients with impossible-to-heal lesions--before the advent of antibiotics, who were treated with this therapy.