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January 24, 1931

MAGGOTS IN THE TREATMENT OF WOUNDS, COMPOUND FRACTURES AND OSTEOMYELITIS

JAMA. 1931;96(4):290. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720300060029

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To the Editor:  —May I at this time call your attention to the following references in the early literature on this subject, particularly now that Baer of Baltimore, Rechtman of Philadelphia, Taylor of Coatesville, Pa., and others are using maggots:Larrey, D. J.: Clinique chir.1: 51 (Nov.) 1829, "des vers ou larves de la mouche bleue" (Chez Gabon, Paris).Malgaigne, J. F.: Treatise on Fractures (and Luxations), under the heading of "Treatment of Complicated Fractures," Paris, 1847, vol. 1, p. 271, line 22, concerning maggots.Packard, J. F.: Translation of Malgaigne's "Treatise on Fractures," Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott Company, 1859, p. 221 (bottom).The treatment with maggots, as can be seen from these references, is more than a hundred years old. I saw maggots used in the old Provincial General Hospital, Madrid, Spain, in August, 1929, while visiting there with the surgical resident, Dr. Frutos.

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