Artificial Respiration (film #1384 on Prelinger Archive). [Category: Industrial]

Silent film from the 20s about how to do the old out-with-the-bad-air, in-comes-the-good method of artificial respiration. The film repeatedly emphasizes that after a victim is resuscitated he should not be allowed to get up––this is portrayed on screen by showing rescuers literally wrestling victims to the ground. They also move victims’ spines around a lot when preparing them for artificial respiration. This is a quaint view of resuscitation techniques from another era––aren’t you glad it’s better now?

Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ***.

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