This section is from the book "Smith's Family Physician", by William Henry Smith. See also: Natural Physician's Healing Therapies: Proven Remedies that Medical Doctors Don't Know.
These are considered the most dangerous of all wounds, because from their depth they are liable to affect parts of importance; because the parts which they pass through are stretched and torn, and consequently are disposed to inflame and suppurate; because matter when formed has no free exit, and is liable to burrow extensively. Because foreign bodies may be carried into great depths without being suspected, and create long-continued irritation. And lastly, because they are most liable to be followed by Tetanus,
Inflammation must be prevented or abated by the application of leeches, followed by cold lotions. The patient must keep quiet, and live low; avoiding stimulants, and keeping the bowels open. If notwithstanding these measures, the wound should run on to suppuration, and there should be severe pain and swelling, and fever, a free incision must be made for the relief of tension, and discharge of the matter.