The Edwin Smith Papyrus
A GAPING WOUND IN THE THROAT PENETRATING TO THE GULLET
TITLE: Instructions concerning a wound in his throat.
EXAMINATION: If thou examinest a man having a gaping wound in his piercing through to his gullet; if he drinks water he chokes (and) it come out of the mouth of his wound; it is greatly inflamed, so that he develops fever from it; thou shouldst draw together that wound with stitching.
DIAGNOSIS: Thou shouldst say concerning him: "One having a wound in his throat, piercing through to his gullet. An ailment with which I will contend.".
FIRST TREATMENT: Thou shouldst bind it with fresh meat the first day. Thou shouldst treat it afterward with grease, honey, (and) lint every day, until he recovers.
SECOND EXAMINATION: If, however, thou findst him continuing to have fever from that wound.
SECOND TREATMENT: Thou shouldst apply for him dry lint in the mouth of his wound, (and) moor (him) at his mooring stakes until he recovers.
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