The Way in which Wounds Unite.
WHEN the two surfaces of a wound are brought together, they become impervious to the blood, but not to coagulable lymph, or fibrin. This, the material of which all flesh is made, flows out upon the two surfaces, and becomes a bond of union between them.
Into this layer of fibrin, the small blood vessels, arteries and veins, which have been cut asunder, push themselves with open mouths, and, meeting in the center, they inosculate, or grow together, and the blood resumes its circulation through them.
By this method, incised wounds of moderate size are often healed in forty eight hours. This method of healing by the first intention is always to be brought about, if possible.
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