Resuscitation kit, first half of the 19th century

Image number: 10284560

Resuscitation kit, first half of the 19th century

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.

Image number:
10284560
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 12:36
Image rights:
Science Museum