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Biotherapy - History, Principles and Practice

A Practical Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease using Living Organisms

Grassberger, M., Sherman, R.A., Gileva, O.S., Kim, C.M.H., Mumcuoglu, K.Y. (Eds.)

2013, XVI, 309 p. 91 illus., 72 illus. in color.

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  • Unparalleled multimodal approach to treatment of disease with the help of living animals
  • Information from the world leading experts in the main biotherapy branches
  • First special edition on biotherapy in the world medical literature
  • Provides practical hints for everyday patient work

Biotherapy as defined by the International Biotherapy Society is the use of living organisms in the treatment and diagnosis of human diseases. Although modern day Western medicine has often little understanding for living creatures in daily medical practice, there is a long-standing tradition in many of the biotherapy modalities. This volume is an evocative exploration of the history, scientific basis and practical use of living organisms in medicine. The authors provide researchers and practitioners interested in this field, with cutting-edge material on the latest key advances in the following fields of biotherapy:

  • Maggot Therapy: The use of blowfly larvae for chronic wound treatment
  • Hirudotherapy: The application of medicinal leeches for extraction of blood from congested or inflamed tissues, in a wide range of pathologies
  • Bee Venom Therapy: The use of honey bee venom for the treatment of inflammatory diseases
  • Apitherapy: The use of bee products for numerous chronic ailments.
  • Ichthyotherapy: The use of small fresh-water fish for dermatological conditions such as psoriasis
  • Helminth Therapy: The use of nematode worms as agents for stimulation of host immunological responses appropriate for the alleviation of certain inflammatory diseases
  • Phage Therapy: The therapeutic use of bacteriophages to treat bacterial infections
  • Animal Assisted Therapy: The application of dogs and horses for people with physical, psychological, cognitive, social, and behavioral problems
  • Canine Olfactory Detection: The training of dogs to recognize medical conditions such as cancer and diabetic crises

In addition, the authors provide with their chapters an extensive bibliography that represents a state-of-the-art survey of the literature. Comprehensive and current, this fresh volume of reviews is an essential resource for professionals who need to stay ahead of the game in the exciting field of biotherapy.


Content Level » Research

Keywords » Apitherapy - biotherapy - helminth therapy - hirudotherapy - maggot therapy

Related subjects » Complementary & Alternative Medicine - Dermatology - Internal Medicine - Psychology, general - Surgery

Table of contents 


1. Biotherapy - an Introduction
John Church 

2. Maggot Therapy
Ronald A. Sherman, Kosta Y. Mumcuoglu, Martin Grassberger, Tarek I. Tantawi

3. Hirudotherapy
Olga S. Gileva, Kosta Y. Mumcuoglu 

4. Apitherapy - Bee Venom Therapy
Christopher M. H. Kim 

5. Apitherapy - The Use of Honeybee Products
Theodore Cherbuliez

6. Ichthyotherapy
Martin Grassberger, Ronald A. Sherman 

7. Helminth Therapy 
David E. Elliott, David I. Pritchard, Joel V. Weinstock 

8. Phage Therapy
Elisabeth M. Kutter, Zemphira Alavidze, Guram Gvasalia, Erin Brewster  

9. Animal Assisted Therapy: Benefits and Challenges
Mary Cole, Maureen Howard

10. Equine Assisted Therapy: An Overview
Nina Ekholm Fry 

11. Canine Olfactory Detection of Human Disease
Claire Guest



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