After the publication of a one Dr. Baer’s clinical results in 1931, which showed that the introduction of sterilized maggots into a healing wound would clear out dead tissue and disinfect it, maggot therapy for wound care became very common, particularly in the United States.

The Lederle pharmaceutical company even commercially produced “Surgical Maggots”, larvae of the green bottle fly, which primarily feed on the necrotic tissue of the living host without attacking living tissue. Between 1930 and 1940, more than 100 medical papers were published on maggot therapy.

Doctors can still prescribe maggot therapy today.