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The Edwin Smith Papyrus

Case Two

A GAPING WOUND IN THE HEAD PENETRATING TO THE BONE

TITLE: Instructions concerning a wound in his head, penetrating to the bone.

EXAMINATION: If thou examinest a man having a going wound in his head, penetrating to the bone shouldst lay thy had upon it (and) thou shouldst palpate his wound. If thou find his skull uninjured, not having a perforation in it.

DIAGNOSIS: Thou shouldst say regarding him: "One having a gaping wound in his head. An ailment which I will treat."

TREATMENT: Thou shouldst bind fresh meat upon it the first day thou shouldst apply for him two strips of linen; and treat afterward with grease, honey, (and) lint every day until he recovers.

NOTE A: As for: "Two strips of linen." it means two bands of linen which one applies upon the two lips of the gaping wound in order to cause that one join to the other.

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