Instructions concerning a diseased wound in his breast
If thou examinest a man having a diseased wound in his breast,
while that wound is inflamed1
and a whirl of inflammation2
continually issues from the mouth of that
wound at thy touch ; the
two lips of that wound are ruddy3,
man continues to be feverish from it ;
his flesh cannot receive a bandage4 ,
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 .
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."
Thou shalt make for him cool applications for drawing out the
inflammation from the mouth of the wound :
a. Leaves of willow , nbs’-tree ksnty. Apply to it .
b. Leaves of ym’-tree, dung, hny-t’, ksnty, Apply to it .
Thou shalt make for him applications for drying up the wound
a. Powder of green pigment wsb-t, thn.t, grease .
Triturate ; bind upon it .
b. Northern salt, ibex grease . Triturate ; bind upon it : Thou shalt
make for him poultices :
Red spnn, garden tongue , d’r.t, sycamore leaves .
Bind upon it . If the like befalls in any member , thou shalt treat
him according to these instructions .
"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 forth from it , its two [lips] 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) .
"A whirl of inflammation in his wound,"
means a whirl of inflammation which circulates through the interior
of his entire wound .
"Its two lips are ruddy,"
means that its two lips are red like the color of the tms’-tree.
"His flesh cannot receive a bandage,"
means that his flesh will not receive the remedies because of the
inflammation which is in his flesh .
"While heat continually issues (new) from the mouth of his wound at
thy touch" (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