Instructions concerning a gaping wound in his head,smashing his skull.

Examination

If thou examinest a man having a gaping wound in his head, penetrating to the bone , (and) smashing his skull1; thou shouldst palpate his wound. Shouldst thou find that the smash in his skull is deep (and) sunken under the fingers , while the swelling which is over it protrudes, he discharges blood from both his nostrils (and) both his ears, (and) he suffers with stiffness in his neck, so that he is unable to look at his two shoulders and his breast .

Diagnosis

Thou shouldst say regarding him: "One having a gaping wound in his head, penetrating to the bone, (and) smashing his skull; while he suffers with stiffness in his neck. An ailment not to be treated."

Treatment

Thou shalt not bind him, (but) moor (him) at his mooring stakes, until the period of his injury passes by.


1 "Smashing his skull", i.e. a fracture of his skull, (such that) bones, get into that smash, sink into the interior of his skull. The treatise on what pertains to his wounds states: "It means a smash of his skull into numerous fragments, which sink into the interior of his skull."