Instructions concerning a dislocation of the ribs of his breast
If thou examinest a man having
a dislocation of the ribs of his breast1,
(and) thou findest that the ribs of his breast are projecting and their
heads are ruddy, while that man
suffers continually with swellings in his two sides2 .
Thou shouldst say concerning him : "One having a dislocation in the ribs of
his breast. An ailment which I will treat."
Thou shouldst bind it with ymrw ; thou shouldst treat it afterwards with
honey every day, until he recovers .
"A dislocation in the ribs of his breast,"
means a displacement of the heads of the ribs of his breast (sternum),
which are fastened to his breast (sternum) .
"He suffers with swellings in his two sides," means that he suffers in
the articulations thereof in his breast (sternum) spreading in
his two sides3 .
"His two sides," means his two flanks .