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Maggots are useful in treating infected or necrotic wounds

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 20 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:807
  1. S Thomas, Director.,
  2. Andrea Andrews, Manager.,
  3. Mary Jones, Senior research nurse.,
  4. John Church, Chairman.
  1. Biosurgical Research Unit, Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend CF31 1RQ
  2. International Biotherapy Society, Abney Court, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire SL8 5DL

    EDITOR—In their editorial Wise et al highlight the problems of the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria and outline several strategies to combat this problem.1 We propose another option: the use of fly larvae (maggots) to treat infected or necrotic wounds.

    This technique was described in detail in the medical press in the early part of this century …

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