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In view of the number of first-aid manuals worthy of the name now before the public we can find no good reason for the publication of this little book. In it, clearness and accuracy of statement, so essential to the beginner, have been sacrificed by carelessness in style and an unsuccessful attempt at brevity. As notable examples we cite the following:
Page 15: The Lower Extremity consists of the largest and longest bone in the body, called the femur, or thigh bone.
Page 35: Treatment... in case of drowning, remove from the water,...
Page 56: Cauterization is accomplished by thoroughly burning out the wound.... In the case of dog bite never cauterize the wound or kill the dog unless absolutely certain that the dog was mad.
Page 59: Burns produced by alkalies... should be treated by the application of acid solutions, such as dilute vinegar In lemon juice
The Barton First-Aid Text-Book. A Manual for the Student in First-Aid. JAMA. 1906;XLVI(6):451. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510330057033
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