Re: Suturing

Chuck (
Tue, 31 Oct 1995 14:43:53 GMT

Will Samson <> wrote:


>Does anyone know when men started to stitch their wounds? And if so, do
>you know if pre-Norman Conquest Saxons employed such healing measures?

I couldn't say about _sutures_, but I do know that using spider web as
a binding agent for holding wounds together is a very old folk
remedy...although how old, I couldn't say. You might look in that
direction, though, to give you some link to the development of

"And all the time--such is the tragic comedy of our situation--
we continue to clamor for those very qualities we are rendering
impossible. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue
and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors
in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings to be fruitful."
C.S. Lewis