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Demonstrations of the H. N. method of artificial respiration.

[between 1950 and 1959.]
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Several male and female subjects are shown receiving artificial respiration by the application of pressure on the upper back and "pumping" the arms in a butterfly motion. The demonstration takes place alongside an open-air swimming pool. A male subject is shown mid-torso laying on his front with another man applying pressure to his shoulder blades. The subject's arms are raised to shoulder height and the man flexes them in a butterfly motion. Intertitle indicates that the "bust" of the victim is unclothed to show this movement. The second subject is a young boy, although the person demonstrating the technique is a woman. The same procedure happens with a young girl and an older male demonstrator. A young woman performs the procedure on another girl. An intertitle indicates that when life has returned, the arms need not be raised; a sideways shot demonstrates this.


[Place of publication not identified], s.n.], [between 1950 and 1959.]

Physical description

1 Digibeta (03:26 mins) : silent, black and white; PAL.
1 VHS (03:26 mins) : silent, black and white; PAL.
1 DVD (03:26 mins) : silent, black and white; PAL.


Conservation and access copies made from the film collection comprising of 55 items donated by Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics, Oxford, to the Wellcome Trust in 2008. In 1937, Lord Nuffield established a clinical chair of anaesthesia in Oxford amidst some controversy that anaesthesia was even an academic discipline. The collection is a mixture of clinical and educational films made or held by the department to supplement their teaching dating from the late 1930s onwards.

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