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January 1936

MAGGOT THERAPY IN DERMATOLOGIC PRACTICE: REPORT OF A CASE OF CHRONIC ULCERATING GRANULOMA OF UNDETERMINED ETIOLOGY IN WHICH MAGGOT THERAPY WAS USED

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LOS ANGELES

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1936;33(1):21-30. doi:10.1001/archderm.1936.01470070024003
Abstract

At last it would appear that one of God's lowliest creatures, the fly, has found his niche of usefulness in the scheme of things.

The beneficial effects of maggots in the treatment of infected wounds have been observed on a number of occasions over a period of several hundred years, but it remained for William S. Baer, clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at Johns Hopkins Medical School, to make the first deliberate therapeutic application of this principle. The first report1 dealing with the treatment of chronic osteomyelitis by the use of maggots was published in 1929, and the results were so gratifying that this method of treatment has now become an accepted procedure and numerous reports have appeared in medical literature amply confirming the results which Baer had obtained.

Practically all of the reports on maggot therapy up to the present time have appeared in surgical or orthopedic journals.

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