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First Aid instruction book, St John Ambulance Association, United Kingdom, 1938

The St John Ambulance Association was founded in 1877 as a voluntary organisation originally dedicated to providing emergency help for industrial workers. This was then broadened to providing assistance at public events and the Association essentially remained the foremost provider of ambulance services until the formation of the NHS in 1948. St John Ambulance Association volunteers used this book to help their training in basic first aid. It contains information and illustrations on treatments for different injuries, such as burns, fractures, sprains, cuts and minor poisonings as well as emergency techniques such as mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The volunteers would have attended a series of lectures, each focussing on a different system of the body. Each lecture had a practical element where the volunteers learned to apply first aid techniques.

Object number:

1999-909 Pt23



Glossary: book

A written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers. Usually continuous printing or writing.

Glossary: first aid

Treatment that is rendered initially for the care of an emergent condition. It is usually performed by a lay person to a sick or injured patient until definitive medical treatment can be accessed

Glossary: volunteering

Undertaking or offering to undertake, of one's own free will and without compensation, service to others or to some cause or institution, especially in a community context.

Glossary: medical education

Medical education is education related to the practice of being a medical practitioner, either the initial training to become a doctor (i.e., medical school and internship) or additional training thereafter (e.g., residency and fellowship.)