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June 27, 1931


Author Affiliations

St. Margaret Memorial Hospital, Pittsburgh

JAMA. 1931;96(26):2226. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720520054024

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To the Editor:  —Since the work of the late William S. Baer at Baltimore, the use of the larvae of certain flies in the treatment of osteomyelitis has been given considerable publicity and has caused widespread discussion. I became interested in the production of larvae in the summer of 1930. Since that time through the Oliver Memorial Research Foundation we have kept colonies of flies to supply our own needs and those of others continuously.There have been many unusual problems encountered, of course—not the least of which was the great dearth of information available in textbooks in regard to larvae and their cultivation and the scarcity of entomologists who know anything about this work on a grand scale. The most unusual aftermath of the publicity and search for ways and means of cultivating maggots has been the establishment of a brand new medicolegal sidelight. It is this first use

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