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October 16, 1954

First Aid and Resuscitation: Emergency Procedures for Rescue Squads, Firemen, Policemen, Ambulance Crews, Interns and Industrial Nurses

JAMA. 1954;156(7):749. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950070077023

This remarkable book deals with the subject of emergencies as seen by nonmedical personnel who reach the injured before a physician arrives and who must act promptly and decisively. The author has not merely taught the subject but has had an immense experience with emergencies in war and peace. The chapter entitled "Why I Wrote This Manual on Life Saving" is especially revealing as to the barbaric injustice to injured persons that can result from callousness and ignorance. Partly because the outlook is essentially practical, partly because the subject is so charged with emotion, the chapters do not have an obviously logical arrangement; they deal with such matters as shock; unconsciousness; apnea; the equipment of an emergency ambulance; procedures at the scene of collisions, fires, suicides, etc.; methods of resuscitation; the use of oxygen; transportation of the injured; and the dangers of a broken neck. The results of mishandling are

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