Não deixa de ser interessante, mas este artigo no NY Times de ontem sobre o uso medicinal de sanguessugas e vermes embrulhou meu estômago: Age-Old Cures, Like the Maggot, Get U.S. Hearing.
Leeches, it turns out, are particularly good at draining excess blood from surgically reattached or transplanted appendages. As microsurgeons tackle feats like reattaching hands, scalps and even faces, leeches have become indispensable.
As for maggots, they are unparalleled in their ability to clean festering, gangrenous wounds. For diabetics and others whose wounds fail to heal, maggots, pressed into dying flesh by wire-mesh bandages, can save a limb and speed healing.