This has certainly taken an odd twist, but in recent novels I've read that
all tend to take place during the Norman Conquest, the Druid healers used
maggots to pack the wounds. I thought it incredibly gross and wondered how
someone came up with this idea, but now that I've read all the commentary on
this it makes sense. The maggots ate the dead decaying flesh and allowed
the wounds to heal. I didn't have a clue doctors still used maggots and
leeches, but I'm all in favor of "natural". You'll notice that the mention
of Druid healers brings this back to Celtic.
> I believe you're confusing the medical use of leeches with that of
> I'm pretty sure that the leeches are used in cases of re-attachment of
> parts - ears, fingers, etc. - something to do with prevent clotting and
> promoting blood flow. I think the maggots are used to "eat" dead flesh,
> as gangrene, the famous "flesh-eating" bacteria - a type of staph, as I
> recall (without taking the time to look it up). Both maggots and leeches
> maintained by the medical community specifically for these uses.
> Pete Schermerhorn, in the glorious Berkshire hills of western