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Thursday, August 25, 2005
Everything old is new again
Age-Old Cures, Like the Maggot, Get U.S. Hearing.

It seems that medical advisors are getting together to draft policies in the resurgent use of leeches, maggots and bone wax in high tech medicine. I did another post about this same topic a few weeks ago. Looks like my docs are on the cutting edge.

Leeches, it turns out, are particularly good at draining excess blood from surgically reattached or transplanted appendages. As microsurgeons tackle feats like reattaching hands, scalps and even faces, leeches have become indispensable.

And maggots clean festering wounds that fail to heal, as among diabetics, better than almost anything else, although their use in the United States has been slight, in part because of squeamishness.
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