The Edwin Smith Papyrus
COMPOUND COMMINUTED FRACTURE OF THE BONE
IN THE REGION OF THE MAXILLA
AND THE ZYGOMA
TITLE: Instructions concerning a smash in his cheek.
EXAMINATION: If thou examinest a man having a smash in his cheek, thou shouldst place thy hand on his cheek at the point of that smash. Should it crepitate under thy fingers, while he discharges blood from his nostril, (and) from his ear on the side of him having that injury; (and) at the same time he discharges blood from his mouth, while it is painful when he opens his mouth because of it.
DIAGNOSIS: Thou shouldst say concerning him: "One having a smash in his cheek, while he discharges blood from his nostril, from his ear, (and) from his mouth, (and) he is speechless. An ailment not to be treated?"
TREATMENT: Thou shouldst bind with fresh meat the first day. His relief is sitting until its swelling is reduced (literally: drawn out). Thou shalt treat it afterward with grease, honey, (and) lint every day until he recovers.
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