Title: Instruction sur le traitement des asphyxiés ...
Publisher: Imprimerie royale, Paris
Publication Date: 1816
Book Condition: Very Good+
8vo (180 x 103mm). , 139pp. Original blue wrappers; (only slightest edgewear, otherwise a good, crisp copy). Portal’s government-issued ‘Instruction’ on mouth-to-mouth resuscitation from 1816. Antoine Portal was a respected doctor, anatomist, and historian of medicine. He was one of the most prominent anatomists of the early decades of the 19th century. He was also the founding president of the National Academy of Medicine in France in 1820. Portal was an early proponent of the idea that anatomy with medicine could recognize the causes of disease. Portal served as a professor of anatomy and was appointed anatomy teacher to the twelve-year-old dauphin (the future Louis XVI). He was known for his precision, in work and instruction, "Portal published several Instructions, commissioned by the government and addressed to physicians and the public concerning problems of public health (including asphyxiation in "mephitic vapors" and measures of first aid for the drowning and for persons bitten by rabid animals. In Instruction, he advocated the method of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation." (DSB XI pp. 99/100). This early work on cardio pulmonary resuscitation provided important observations and life saving first aid skills, practiced thought the world. Portal’s books were studied extensively during the first half of the 19th century. Bookseller Inventory # LD8051
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