I found this book in my mother's attic. What a find! The Book of Home Nursing was written by a "trained nurse" in 1917,whose "hospital days were far b...moreI found this book in my mother's attic. What a find! The Book of Home Nursing was written by a "trained nurse" in 1917,whose "hospital days were far behind her." I'm sure that she would have made old Florence proud.
One unforgetable excerpt in the book is the section on Artificial Respiration:
"Dr. Sylvester's method of artificial respiraion is considered by most authorities to be the best.
Lay the patient on his back on the ground or floor, loosen belts and tight bands. Place under his shouder blades, a roll of clothing (a coat will do),a hard pillow, or anything tht will raise him, in order that his chest will be higher than the rest of his body. Do not let his head hang back. Put a small pad under it if it is in a an unnatural position. Have someone hold his tongue. It will not slip from the fingers if held with a dry cloth or handkerchief. If you are working alone tie one corner of the handkerchief around the tongue and fasten the opposite corner to the patient's clothing. If the tongue is not kept out of the mouth it may fall back in the throat, stopping the air passages.
Kneel at the patient's head and taking a wrist in each hand, draw the arms out and up, keeping them near the ground until you have them well above the head.Stretch the arms and hold in this position while you slowly count three. This expands the chest and air will rush into the lungs. Then bring the elbows slowly down and press them firmly against the sides of the chest. This forces the air out of the lungs. Again slowly count three. These movements should be done over and over agin with regularity, until the patient begins to breathe. Do not get discouraged and give up in a short time. Work for at least an hour. Persons apparently lifeless have been revived after hours of artificial respiration. In case the patient stops breathing you must begin all over again. Do not leave him until you are sure he is conscious and breathing regularly." (Why do we bother with ACLS?)
Other notable chapters include the "Black Broadcloth Liberty Cape," instructions for propping the head of the bed up with an inverted chair, recommended items for your medicine cabinet (including sherry,for medicinal purposes only),the homemade croup tent, and ,last but not least, the homemade wooden bed pan!
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