Got the munchies?

Maggots love to munch on rotting flesh. The fact that they don’t care for healthy tissue makes them great for healing wounds. Doctors in Caesar's army used maggots to clean gashes, often saving gangrenous limbs from amputation. Maggot use went out of favor with the discovery of penicillin (really? who wouldn’t want a maggot-infested wound? jam-packed with writhing wormy little buggers?). Today, maggots are enjoying a comeback. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are no match for the slimy diseased-flesh eaters. In 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved maggot therapy.

© Jill Rubalcaba 2014