This section is from the book "The Lady's Assistant: Family Physician", by P. Davey and B. Law.
To cure these you must bring together the divided lips, and keep them in that pos-ture; then dress them with dry lint, or some mild balsam spread on lint, to keep the wound from the air. All flight wounds may be cured with the traumatic balsam, or Frier's balsam, applied with lint alone, without any trouble, and without suppuration: sometimes a wound requires digestion, and then laudable matter is to be procured by keeping the wound from the external air, for then the heat of the part will change the extravasated chyle and serous juices into a white pus, which will deterge and separate the dead lacerated ends of the vessels and fibres, that they may afterwards unite with each other; and therefore laudable matter is so far from injuring a wound, that it serves both to incarn and consolidate it; though some, from an erroneous opinion of its being offensive, are so scru-pulously exact in wiping it off, that they retard the healing of the wound almost as fast as it is advanced by nature. In all dangerous wounds, a surgeon must be called in immediately, otherwise the patient may lose his life by unnecessary delays; the wound may be cicatrized with dry lint, or with lint dipt in Frier's balsam. See Ulcers.