Annual report of the Royal Humane Society concerning drowned persons

Book/Report

Description

English

What was the Royal Humane Society?

The Royal Humane Society was a charity founded in 1774 by two doctors concerned at the number of people who they believed were being wrongly diagnosed as dead, and in some cases were buried alive. The Society investigated various methods of resuscitation, and offered rewards to those who saved the lives of attempted suicides.

What is described in these examples?

The Society’s annual report published examples of people whose lives had been saved, outlining the methods, in the hope that these methods would be taken up elsewhere. In these two cases people who had attempted to take their own lives by drowning are described as being in states of ‘insensibility’ or ‘suspended animation’, states in which they might easily have been diagnosed as beyond help.

Full title
Annual report of the Royal Humane Society
Published
1800 , London
Format
Book / Report
Creator
Royal Humane Society
Held by
British Library
Usage Terms
Free from known copyright restrictions
Shelfmark
C.151.g.4.

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