S.K. Livingston and the maggot therapy of wounds

Mil Med. 1997 Apr;162(4):296-300.


Stanton K. Livingston was the country's foremost authority on the maggot therapy of war wounds in the years following World War I. His contributions to the literature, including his methodology for raising flies and applying their maggots, are discussed. Prior to the antibiotic era, maggot therapy was the most effective means of promoting wound healing, and Livingston's research, albeit poorly reported by modern standards, was responsible for preserving the lives and limbs of hundreds of veterans.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article
  • Portrait

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Diptera*
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Larva
  • Military Medicine / history
  • United States
  • Wound Healing
  • Wounds and Injuries / history*
  • Wounds and Injuries / therapy

Personal name as subject

  • S K Livingston