Punctures Case V


Categories: ON THE APPLICATION OF THESE MODES OF TREATMENT TO PARTICULAR CASES.
Sources: Application Of The Lunar Caustic In The Cure Of Certain Wounds And Ulcers

Mr. Cocking's son, aged 12, received a stab in the palm of the hand

from a penknife three days ago, which has been followed by much

swelling and pain, the punctured orifice being nearly closed. I

applied the lunar caustic as deep as possible within the puncture and

directed a cold poultice to be laid over the whole hand.



On the next day I found that the poultice had not been applied; there

were more pain and swelling; an eschar was formed over the puncture

which I removed and thus gave issue to a considerable quantity of

pus; I again enjoined the application of a cold poultice kept

constantly moist and cold with water.



On the succeeding day, the inflammation had greatly subsided. I

repeated the application of the caustic and poultice. On the fourth

day the inflammation had nearly disappeared and on the fifth entirely.



In such cases the caustic unites the advantages of at once opening the

puncture and of subduing the inflammation, thus preventing the

formation of deep-seated abscesses.





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