Maggot Therapy: World War I’s Cure For Infected Wounds
Maggot therapy, also known as maggot debridement therapy (MDT), is a type of medical treatment that uses live maggots to clean and heal wounds. The practice dates back to ancient times when maggots were observed to clean the wounds of soldiers on the battlefield. During the 19th century, French surgeon Jules-Auguste Lemaire is credited with developing maggot therapy as a medical treatment for wounds. He observed that wounds that became infested with maggots tended to heal more quickly and cleanly than those that did not.
Maggot therapy was widely used during World War I and World War II to treat infected wounds in soldiers. However, the use of antibiotics in the latter half of the 20th century reduced the need for maggot therapy as an alternative treatment. In recent years, maggot therapy has regained popularity as a treatment for chronic wounds, such as diabetic ulcers and pressure sores, that are resistant to other forms of treatment. The maggots used in therapy are raised in a sterile environment and are carefully selected to ensure that they are safe for medical use.