Over the past few years modern medicine has been turning its attention to medieval practices to see whether those therapies can fit into today’s healthcare requirements.
A study by a team of doctors published in the Science Journal lends support to the use of maggots in high-tech healthcare. The team, led by Prof. Nicky Cullum of the University of York, carried out a study comparing maggots with a standard “hydrogel” in treating leg ulcers. Surprisingly enough, there have been two – widely differing – interpretations of the study in the media. One says that maggots can clean wounds that fail to heal five times faster than conventional treatments, while the other says that there’s little difference really between maggots and hydrogel. So…what exactly did the scientists conclude in their study? Rajiv Sharma put the question to Professor Nicky Cullum.