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The complete first-aid outfit book and A.R.P.

London : Odhams Press Limited, Long Acre, [1939?]
Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm + 1 kit
Rare Books and Manuscripts
RC86.8 .C66 1939 Flat A
Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Foreword by N. Corbet Fletcher.
A.R.P. is the acronym for Air Raid Precautions, a program in the United Kingdom dedicated to the protection of civilians from the danger of air raids (starting ca. 1935). A.R.P. first aid kits were designed to be used at home and by A.R.P. wardens. In 1941, the A.R.P. became the Civil Defence Service.
"Copyright C639" (presumably June 1939); printed in Great Britain.
Includes a first aid kit -- titled "The complete first aid outfit" -- in transparent pouch attached to the verso of the front cover. The kit includes: boric lint, a tin of boracic ointment, tincture of iodine, white open wove bandages of varying widths, two BPC sterilised burn dressings, sterilised finger dressing, hospital quality absorbent cotton wool, solution of ammonia, a reel of white thread, safety pins on card, a small brown envelope labelled "white jaconet" containing what appears to be gauze, and a small pot of adhesive zinc oxide plaster.
Includes index.
Yale medical historical kit has original mailing box: addressed to Mr. Edward Gregory ... Sheffield 2 Yorkshire.
Shelved adjacent to the Yale Medical Historical copy is a related leaflet: First aid in brief: London, June 1940.
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in original burgundy cloth, with first aid kit. The kit lacks 1 (of 3) bandages and 1 (of 3) safety pins; otherwise complete. Also present is the original cardboard mailing box, addressed to Mrs. Adams, 4 East Road, Egremont, Cumberland.
Subject Terms:
Air raid wardens -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Bandages and bandaging -- Specimens.
Civil defense -- Great Britain.
First aid in illness and injury -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Great Britain -- Air defenses, Civil -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Public health -- Great Britain.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Medical care.
First aid kits.
Fletcher, Nigel Corbet, 1877- writer of foreword.
Great Britain. Air Raid Precautions Department.
Great Britain. Ministry of Health.
Odhams Press, publisher.

  • I. First aid
  • II. Bandaging
  • III. Sprains, dislocations and fractures
  • IV. Haemorrhage
  • V. Unconsciousness
  • VI. General accidents
  • VII. High-explosive and incendiary bombs
  • VIII. First aid for gas casualties.

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