© 2012 Springer-Verlag/Wien. The science of wound healing occupies a central role in surgical history and continues to represent a common theme for all surgical subspecialties. As early as 1550 B. C., the Ebers Papyrus of ancient Egypt documents the use of a multitude of natural rem edies in wound healing. The Egyptians observed that honey, now known to have hygroscopic and antibacterial properties, proved an effective wound dressing. Mild antiseptics such as frankincense, date-wine, turpentine, and acacia gum also found a place in the Egyptian pharmacopeia. The Egyptians are also credited with the first use of sutures for primary wound closure. In a strikingly early use of 20th century medicine, there is documentation of the application of sour or moldy bread to wounds, now under stood to harbor antibiotic-producing fungus .
- Handbook of Burns: Acute Burn Care, Volume 1
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