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

[between 1940 and 1949.]

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This is a demonstration film showing the method of artificial respiration in cases of drowning. This method is demonstrated on a number of different subjects both male and female.


[Place of publication not identified], s.n.], [between 1940 and 1949.]

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1 encoded moving image (03:26 mins) : silent; black and white



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Material 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.


Segment 1 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. Time start: 00:00:00:00 Time end: 00:03:26:06 Length: 00:03:26:06


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