A brief history of the evolution of wound care
The use of dressing material and the options in wound management and treatment are far from a recent reality as they date back
to antiquity (Shah, 2011; Jones, 2015). Several Egyptian manuscripts dating back to 3000-2500 BC already mentioned dressings
based on honey, grease, linen threads, bandages, and various types of excreta (Queen et al., 2004; Shah, 2011; Jones, 2015).
Hippocrates (400 BC) recommended that wounds should be cleansed and dried. Cleansing with warm water, wine and vinegar
was a common practice (Elias et al., 2009; Afonso et al., 2014).
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