The Boston Society’s Instructions for Resuscitating the Drowned
Summary of the Method of Treatment to be
used with Persons apparently dead from drowning
The new society, soon named the Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, sponsored lectures, published research on resuscitation, encouraged new lifesaving techniques, and established awards for rescuing the drowning. The first award was to Andrew Sloan in 1786, who saved a boy who fell through the ice on a mill pond. Also, the society established the first lifesaving huts and rescue boats along the U.S. coast and the first swimming classes for public school children.
Details about the image: Broadsheet, Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Library of Congress, Printed Ephemera Collection (Portfolio 82, Folder 17).
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