I love the idea of using maggots and leeches to clean out wounds and heal people.
‘The primary mode of action for maggots is chewing,’ said Mark Melkerson, acting director of the Division of General, Restorative and Neurological Devices. ‘For leeches, it’s the eating of blood. Those are mechanical processes. Thus, the agency decided that maggots and leeches were devices,’ Mr. Melkerson said.
I’ve head of this before. I think I’ve even seen it in movies or something. And I have to say that these techniques make a more sense to me than many others I have heard about. Like the one where doctors move a woman’s ovaries into her arms during chemotherapy so as to not damage them. Maggots makes sense, as do leeches. But I gotta tell ya, I’d have to be pretty unconscious or near death or totally unaware in some other way to agree to having maggots smeared in an open wound.
Given that I’m not laid up in a hospital writhing in pain, it’s easy for me to say.
Regardless of how I feel about being smeared with live maggots, I am happy to hear the FDA is starting to pay the procedure more mind. Not only does it seem relatively safe but it seems relatively cheap as well. After all, how much could a couple thousand maggots cost?