This section is from the book "The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine. Volume 2.", by J. H. Kellogg, M.D.. Also available from Amazon: The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine, Volume 2.
The proper remedy for this accident is the restoration of the torn parts to their natural condition as nearly as possible. In order to accomplish this, it is necessary to carefully remove all of the products of inflammation and long-continued irritation. The dense, cartilage-like substance which is nearly always present, and which produces a great amount of reflex irritability, such as severe headache, pain in the spine, obstinate dyspepsia, etc., must first be carefully removed; then the parts are brought together and secured, by means of a fine silver wire. In the course of nine or ten days, nature cements the torn parts together again, and the organ is restored to its normal condition. The satisfaction we have felt in being able to relieve by this simple operation patients who have come to us after having "suffered many things from many physicians," as well as from their diseases, has been only exceeded by the gratification and relief afforded the patients themselves. We have just received a visit from a patient upon whom we performed this operation a few weeks ago. She had been out of health for several years, ever since the laceration occurred, and had sought relief in vain by traveling, by medication, by local treatment, by every means that could be secured for her by a fond husband, and yet was not improved. After a few weeks of proper treatment, she submitted to the necessary operation, soon after which she returned home, and recently returned for a very brief visit for the purpose of showing us what a wonderful change had taken place. Her thin, pale cheeks, and bloodless lips, were now plump and ruddy with the glow of health. She had gained twenty pounds of flesh within a little more than six weeks. Instead of being compelled to spend most of her time in bed, upon the sofa, or in an easy chair, her step was elastic and buoyant, and she had within a few days walked four miles in a single day without feeling at all fatigued, and none the worse the next day for the exertion. We might mention numerous other cases in which the change was equally great.