The Edwin Smith Papyrus
Case Twenty-Nine
A GAPING WOUND IN A [CERVICAL VERTEBRA

TITLE: Instructions concerning a gaping wound in a vertebra of his neck.

EXAMINATION: If thou examinest a man having a gaping wound in a vertebra of his neck, penetrating to the bone, (and) perforating a vertebra of his neck; if thou examinest that wound, (and) he shudders exceedingly, (and) he is unable to look at his two shoulders and his breast.

DIAGNOSIS: Thou shouldst say concerning him: "One having a wound in his neck, penetrating to the bone, perforating a vertebra of his neck, (and) he suffers with stiffness in his neck. An ailment with I will contend.

TREATMENT: Thou shouldst bind it with fresh meat the first day. Now afterward moor (him) at his mooring stakes until the period of his injury passes by.

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