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Honey, Mud, Maggots, and Other Medical Marvels: The Science Behind Folk Remedies and Old Wives' Tales by Robert Root-Berbstein

1997; 270 pp. $24, Houghton Mifflin.

Serious medical authorities like to say, "Modern research often reveals the basis for supposedly outdated ideas." Here they are: maggots placed in wounds in contemporary hospitals to clean serious infections; honey in wounds and on burns as an antibiotic; clay consumption prescribed for nutrition; bloodletting that benefits the donor. Interesting stuff, Dr. Andy Weil told us when recommending this book. Definitely the best read since Majno's The Healing Hand and Siegrist's A History of Medicine.

 

ISBN: 039582298X

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