Biotherapy - History, Principles and Practice

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

  • Martin Grassberger
  • Ronald A. Sherman
  • Olga S. Gileva
  • Christopher M.H. Kim
  • Kosta Y. Mumcuoglu

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. John C. T. Church
    Pages 1-4
  3. Ronald A. Sherman, Kosta Y. Mumcuoglu, Martin Grassberger, Tarek I. Tantawi
    Pages 5-29
  4. Olga S. Gileva, Kosta Y. Mumcuoglu
    Pages 31-76
  5. Christopher M. H. Kim
    Pages 77-112
  6. Theodore Cherbuliez
    Pages 113-146
  7. Martin Grassberger, Ronald A. Sherman
    Pages 147-176
  8. David E. Elliott, David I. Pritchard, Joel V. Weinstock
    Pages 177-190
  9. Elizabeth M. Kutter, Guram Gvasalia, Zemphira Alavidze, Erin Brewster
    Pages 191-231
  10. Mary Cole, Maureen Howard
    Pages 233-253
  11. Nina Ekholm Fry
    Pages 255-284
  12. Claire Guest
    Pages 285-302
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 303-309

About this book


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.



Apitherapy biotherapy helminth therapy hirudotherapy maggot therapy

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin Grassberger
    • 1
  • Ronald A. Sherman
    • 2
  • Olga S. Gileva
    • 3
  • Christopher M.H. Kim
    • 4
  • Kosta Y. Mumcuoglu
    • 5
  1. 1.and Semmelweis Clinic, Institute of Pathology and MicrobiologyRudolfstiftung HospitalViennaAustria
  2. 2.& Research FoundationBioTherapeutics, EducationIrvineUSA
  3. 3., Preclinic Dentistry and PhysiotherapyPerm State Academy of MedicinePermRussia
  4. 4., Graduate School of Integrated MedicineCHA UniversitySeongnam, GyeongghidoKorea, Republic of (South Korea)
  5. 5.Hadassah Medical School, Microbiology and Molecular GeneticsHebrew University -JerusalemIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-6584-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-6585-6
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