Instructions concerning a gaping wound in his head penetrating the bone of his skull, (and) rending open the brain of his skull.

Examination

If thou examinest a man having a gaping wound in his head , penetrating the bone, smashing his skull1, (and) rending open the brain of his skull, thou shouldst palpate his wound. Shouldst thou find that smash which is in his skull like those corrugations2 which form in molten copper, (and) something therein throbbing (and) fluttering under the fingers like the weak place of an infantís crown before it becomes whole-when it has happened there is no throbbing (and) fluttering under the fingers until the brain of his (the patientís) skull is rent open-(and) he discharges blood from both his nostrils, (and) he suffers with stiffness in his neck.

Diagnosis

Thou shouldst say concerning him: "An ailment not to be treated."

Treatment

Thou shouldst anoint that wound with grease. Thou shalt not bind it; thou shalt not apply two strips upon it: until thou knowest that he has reached a decisive point.


1 "Smashing his skull", (and) rending open the brain of his skull." (means) the smash is large, opening the interior of his skull, the membrane enveloping his brain, so that it breaks open his fluid in the interior of his head .

2 "Those corrugations which form on molten copper." means copper which the coppersmith pours off (rejects) before it is forced into the mould because of something foreign upon it like wrinkles. It is said: "It is like ripples of pus."