Instructions concerning a gaping wound in his shoulder
If thou examinest a man having a gaping wound in his shoulder its flesh
being laid back and its sides separated, while he suffers with
swelling (in) his shoulder blade, thou shouldst palpate his wound,
shouldst thou find its gash separated from its sides in his wound, as
a roll of linen is unrolled, (and) it is painful when he raises his
arm on account of it, thou shouldst draw together for him his gash
with stitching .
Thou shouldst say concerning him : "One having a gaping wound in his
shoulder , its flesh being laid back and its sides separated while
he suffers with swelling in his shoulder blade . An ailment which I
will treat ."
Thou shouldst bind it with fresh meat the first day.
Second examination and treatment
If thou findest that wound open and its stitching loose, thou shouldst
draw together for him its gash with two strips of linen over that gash ;
thou shouldst treat it afterwards with grease, honey, (and) lint every
day until he recovers .
If thou findest a wound, its flesh laid back, it sides separated, in
any member of a man , thou shouldst treat it according to these directions.
If however , thou findest that his flesh has developed inflammation
form that wound which is in his shoulder, while that wound is inflamed,
open , and its stitching loose , thou shouldst lay thy hand upon it .
Shouldst thou find inflammation issuing from the mouth of his wound
at thy touch , and secretions discharging therefrom are cool like
Thou shouldst say concerning him : "One having a wound in his shoulder,
it being inflamed , and he continues to have fever from it . An
ailment with which I will contend ."
If then thou findest that man continuing to have fever , while that
wound is inflamed,
Thou shalt not bind it ; thou shalt moor (him) at his mooring stakes,
until the period of his injury passes by .
If however, his fever abates and the inflammation in the mouth of his
wound dissipates entirely .
Thou shouldst treat him afterward with grease , honey, (and) lint
every day, until he recovers.