As everyone knows, despite ever increasing scientific advances, getting decidedly old school can sometimes be the best medicine. But it takes a strong stomach to read in the British Medical Journal that recent studies have proved using larval (maggot) therapy to treat leg ulcers has similar health and cost benefits to more conventional medical therapies.

The technique uses maggots to remove dead tissue from the surface of ulcers. The study participants had loose or “bagged” (does this mean they were not roaming free?) larvae compared with a conventional hydrogel treatment during the debridement phase - the term for having dead tissue removed.

What other old school medicine is still found to be the best? Let us know at hsjendgame@emap.com