July 12, 1941

First Aid in Emergencies

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By Eldridge L. Eliason, A.B., M.D., Sc.D., Professor of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia. Tenth edition. Fabrikoid. Price, $1.75. Pp. 260, with 126 illustrations. Philadelphia, Montreal & London: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1941.

JAMA. 1941;117(2):156. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820280078034

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The popularity of this little book on first aid is attested by its being now in the tenth edition since its original publication in 1915. Dr. Eliason has packed in a tremendous amount of valuable information on first aid work. It is to be highly recommended to those for whom it was intended, namely firemen, police, life guards, sailors, Boy Scouts, Campfire Girls and factory workers. This otherwise fine book is marred by the recommendation of tincture of iodine in fresh wounds. The reviewer feels that first aid of this type will do more harm than good. For first aid of any wound, a clean dressing is the most important. If any treatment of the wound at all is necessary, soap and water is preferable without the use of any antiseptic.

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