You might not expect to see solid medical practices on a show like House of the Dragon, but according to an in-depth interview with Inverse, using maggots to remove dead or damaged tissue is an effective and standard medical procedure. Inverse spoke to Dr. Yamni Nigam, a professor at Swansea University, a big proponent of using medicinal maggots.
according to dr Nigam traces the use of medicinal maggots to a time that looked a lot more Game of Thrones than it does today, saying, “The oldest record of the positive association between maggots and human wounds is in the Bible, in the Book of Job We Know that there are reports of ancient tribes and cultures, the Mayan Indians were known to soak cattle blood on white cloth and hang it in the sun where it was infested with flies that laid their eggs, they would become maggots Hatch. The minute that fabric wriggled, they put it on various wounds.”
So why maggots? Well, as strains of bacteria became more resistant to antibiotics, medicinal maggots made a comeback, having largely been rendered obsolete thanks to those same antibiotics. Maggots only eat dead tissue, never healthy tissue, so it ends up being a gentler and very effective way of treating infections, ulcers and so on. Medicinal maggots might be quite helpful in some circumstances, but the idea is still…kinda gross.