https://advancedtissue.com/2016/06/role-sugar-proper-wound-c... -- random search link with some links to papers
My favorite quote from the book review: "Unfortunately, nobody – least of all a scientist – likes to be publicly corrected. Infection was still considered by many to be inevitable, and best left to play out as Providence determined – a version, in fact, of the ‘therapeutic nihilism’ to which most Quakers, Lister’s father included, adhered. To argue the contrary was tacitly to condemn surgical practices that had been in use for decades."
Even today, many doctors are still biased towards treatments that don't actually work very well. On HN this morning there was a link about Melatonin, with some tips on how to use this substance most effectively to aid in sleep... ("Uhm... it was on slatestarcodex..." Ah, ). I didn't comment there, but I thought about quipping about how Ambien (and all other FDA-approved sleep medications) do not actually work very well. In recent months, I think I've figured out my own sleep issues. This has taken me 20+ years, and the FDA-approved palliative drugs aren't part of the process. Millions of people are suffering from poor sleep, but not-very-effective drugs are a first-line treatment. Why is that?
 https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=17505380 (HN discussion of SSC article on Melatonin)
[Edit2: the quest for Manuka honey is causing some problems for New Zealanders . if you have a wound that might benefit from honey, try buying local honey first. You'll save a lot of money, and probably get just as good a result.
 https://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-news/news/article.cfm?c_id=15... ]
IMHO the article disagrees with the parent; the article refers to honey as a relic of medical practices of Ancient Greece; I'd bet ours are far more effective. The article supports the idea that scientific method, publicly reproducible empirical evidence, is the tool to separate bad ideas from good, superstition from fact.