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The Institution of the Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: with the Rules for regulating said Society, and the Methods of Treatment to be used with Persons apparently Dead..
27 pp. 8vo, modern wrappers (title soiled). Boston: 1788. First edition of what we believe to be the first American work on resuscitation methods. "This fledgling Society [founded in 1786], closely patterned after the Royal Humane Society, was now ready to disseminate the 'rules for the regulation of a Society instituted in the town of Boston for the recovery of persons who meet with such accidents as produce in them the appearance of death.' Their methods included chiefly warming, stimulation by rubbing the skin and by blowing tobacco smoke into the fundament. There is, however, in a short case report, mention of the value of breathing 'forcibly into the mouth, and continue this act until he should recover, or become cold…'."-Huston, Resuscitation: An Historical Perspective, 74. Very good copy, preserved in a box.
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