ROWELLING. Rowels are a kind of drain, and as good as setons. They are produced by an incision in the skin when it is loose, and about an inch long. The incision done, an instrument, called a cornet, which is the tip of a horn, is to be iutroduced, or else the finger, and the skin separated from the flesh for an inch round. A round piece of leather, with a hole in the middle, is to be introduced into the opening, first having been covered with tow and smeared with simple ointment —basilicon or hog's lard. The opening is then to be stopped up or plugged with tow, and there left until matter forms, which will be in four or five days. The rowel is then to be removed, cleaned, and replaced ; which is to be done every day after, as long as it is necessary to keep the wound open for a discharge.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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