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Tobacco resuscitator, 1774.

Richardson, Claire

Tobacco resuscitator, 1774.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm


A page, labelled 'Royal Humane Society 1774', explaining the workings of a tobacco resuscitation kit made by Evans & Co of London. This apparatus was used to revive people who were apparently 'dead', by making use of tobacco's stimulant qualities. The bellows were used to blow tobacco smoke up the rectum, or into the lungs through the nose or mouth. Tobacco enemas were popular from the 17th to the early 19th century. Dimensions: height 310mm; width 510mm; length: 120mm.

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