The Edwin Smith Papyrus
AN INFECTED OR POSSIBLY NECROTIC WOUND IN THE BREAST
TITLE: Instructions concerning a diseased wound in his breast.
EXAMINATION: If thou examinest a man having a diseased wound in his breast, while that wound is inflamed and a whirl of inflammation continually issues from the mouth of that wound at thy touch; the two lips of that wound are ruddy, while that man continues to be feverish from it; his flesh cannot receive a bandage, that wound cannot take a margin of skin; the granulation which is in the mouth of that wound is watery, their surface is not and secretions drop therefrom in an oily state.
DIAGNOSIS: Thou shouldst say concerning him: "One having a diseased wound in his breast, it being inflamed, (and) he continues to have fever from it. An ailment which I will treat."
TREATMENT: Thou shalt make for him cool applications for drawing out the inflammation from the mouth of the wound:
- Leaves of willow
Apply to it:
- Leaves of ym'(?)-tree
Apply to it.
Thou shalt make for him applications for drying up the wound
a. Powder of greeh pigment
; bind upon it.
; bind upon it.
Thou salt make for him poultices:
- Red spnn(?)
- garden tongue
- sycamore leaves
Bind upon it.
If the like befalls in any member, thou shalt treat him according to these instructions.
NOTE A: As for: "A diseased wound in his breast, inflamed," it means that the wound which is in his break is sluggish, without closing up; high fever comes froth from it, its two are red, (and) its mouth is open. The "Treatise on what pertains to a wound" says concerning it: "It means that there is very great swelling; (and) inflamed' is said concerning the height" (of the fever).
NOTE B: As for: "A whirl of inflammation in his wound," it means a whirl of inflammation which circulates thorough the interior of his entire wound.
NOTE C: As for: "Its two lie are ruddy," it means that its two lips are red like the color of the tms'(?)-tree.
NOTE D: As for: "His flesh cannot receive a bandage," it means that his flesh will not receive the remedies because of the inflammation which is in his flesh.
NOTE E: As for: "While heat continually issues (new) from the mouth of his wound at thy touch; (it means) that heat comes froth from his wound at thy touch; as it is said that a thing which has come forth entirely, has issued --------.
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