An Inquiry Into the Structure and Animal Economy of the Horse
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1804 edition. Excerpt: ...alone are injured, or if any pieces of the stake are discovered, and carefully extracted, nothing more will be required than to bring the divided surfaces of the wound as close together as possible, and to defend it from the air: nature will perform the rest very speedily. If, however, the patient is very fat and plethoric, and has not lost much blood from the wound, bleeding will be necessary. This is called union by the first intention, that is, without the necessity of matter being formed for that purpose. Here, therefore, it appears that nothing more is necessary than to regulate the inflammation. But the common practice in this case is to keep the surfaces of the wound apart from each other, by introducing a substance between them, such as a candle, or a tent of tow dipped in some strong stimulating mixture; and this is done with a view to the production of good matter. The mischief arising from such treatment must be obvious to every rational mind, for the first process of nature, in this instance, will be an endeavour to get rid of the substance which is thus officiously interposed between the surfaces, and in this attempt the inflammation is carried to an excessive degree, very frequently to mortification. But even if the animal escapes this unfortunate crisis, nature becomes, weary in making fruitless efforts, and the surfaces of the wound change their nature, and become callous and inactive, producing a 3 diseased diseased abscess incapable of cicatrization. In this state of the wound it is necessary to destroy the callous surface, either by the knife or by caustic, in which processes the animal is put to great pain, and nature generally employs treble the time in performing by this artificial and misapplied treatment, that which she...
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