Friday, 2 October 2009
Where is the bell pull?
After some of you were amused by the extract from my St John's First Aid to the injured I thought I would share a couple more extracts with you.
I've managed to find that the book was published in 1913 just before the First World War ...
In case of poisoning -
Send for a doctor at once, stating what has happened and the name of the poison.
Except where the lips are burned by an acid or alkali promptly give an emetic as follows
a) Tickle the back of the throat with the finger or with a feather
b) mustard - a dessertspoonful in a tumblerful of luke warm water
In all cases when the patient is not insensible give milk, raw eggs, cream and flour beaten up together, animal and vegetable oil and tea.
When the person threatens to go to sleep keep him awake by walking him about and slapping his face neck and chest with a wet towel. Slapping the soles of the feet may also be tried.
When a woman's dress catches fire
a) lay her flat on the floor at once flames uppermost
b) smother the flames with anything to hand, rug, coat, blanket or table cover, if made wet so much the better.
c) if a woman's dress catches fire when nobody is by she should lie flat, flames uppermost, smother the flames with anything handy, and call for assistance, or crawl to the bell pull and ring. On no account should she run into the open air.
I was going to include more but some of the advice is positively scary for those of a delicate nature! I'm so glad I was born in the fifties!
Hope you all have healthy and accident free weekends!