In fractures of the ears, neither bandages nor cataplasms should be
used; or, if any bandage be used, it should be put on very tight;
the cerate and sulphur should be applied to agglutinate the bandages.
When matter forms in the ears, it is found to be more deeply seated
than might be supposed, for all parts that are pulpy, and consist
of juicy flesh, prove deceptious in such a case. But no harm will
result from making an opening, for the parts are lean, watery, and
full of mucus. No mention is here made of the places and circumstances
which render it fatal to make an opening. The cure is soonest effected
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transfixing the ear with a cautery; but the ear is maimed and diminished
in size, if burned across. If opened, one of the gentle medicines
for flesh wounds should be used as a dressing.