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    by Ron Sherman MD, MSC, DTM&H and Lynn Wang, BA

    Warning: Information ahead. Read responsibly. Consume with caution.

    In this age of information technology, we all have ready access to an abundance of information and data. But not all the "facts" are true, and some of what is true might be skewed to support an author's agenda. I was reminded of this while reading the Wikipedia entry for "Maggot Therapy."


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    by Ron Sherman MD, MSC, DTM&H and Lynn Wang, BA

    William Shakespeare wrote: "That which we call a rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet" (Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, Scene 2). William Baer reportedly said the same thing when asked why he used the name "maggot therapy" to describe the use of fly larvae (maggots) to treat osteomyelitis and soft tissue wounds.


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    by Ron Sherman MD, MSC, DTM&H

    The Primary Issues with Systematic Reviews

    My contribution to this column is very much overdue. Among other things, I have spent much of my time this past 12 months preparing to write my first "systematic review." The experience has been both illuminating and frustrating, and I am now feeling both respect for the art, and grief over its gross inadequacies.


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    by Deboshree Roy, MSC and Ron Sherman MD, MSC, DTM&H


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    perspective

    by Ron Sherman MD, MSC, DTM&H

    Several months back, I suggested that we could better understand our patients' actions (for example, why patients do not adhere to their treatment plans) by looking at the situation from the patient's perspective. What I failed to discuss – largely because it is a topic worthy of its own discussion – is the fact that one of the best ways we can see the world from someone else's perspective is to ask that person to share their view with us.


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    Leflap maggot dressing in action

    by Ron Sherman MD, MSC, DTM&H


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    Clinical Research

    by Ron Sherman MD, MSC, DTM&H


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    determining when to use contained maggot therapy

    by Ronald Sherman MD, MSC, DTM&H


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    wound care conference speaker

    by Ronald Sherman MD, MSC, DTM&H


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    road blocks to maggot debridement therapy

    by Ronald Sherman MD, MSC, DTM&H

    Bob Hope and Bing Crosby starred in a series of films called "On the Road" in which the duo traveled around the globe, facing a variety of amusing obstacles and mishaps. Therapists and patients desiring maggot debridement therapy (MDT) for their non-healing wounds often face a variety of obstacles, too... though they may not seem quite as amusing. Let's consider some of these obstacles and examine ways to avoid or mitigate them.

    We can organize the most likely obstacles chronologically: