Article ID: CBB260906747

Blowing Smoke Up Your Arse: Drowning, Resuscitation, and Public Health in Eighteenth-Century Venice (2020)

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This article examines resuscitation practices in the second half of the eighteenth century, especially the new use of tobacco smoke enema machines on people who had been extracted from water with no signs of life. Drownings accounted for a small number and proportion of urban deaths, yet governments promoted resuscitation techniques at considerable expense in order to prevent such deaths. The visibility of drowning in religious, urban, and civic life encouraged engagement with new approaches. Analyzing the deployment of resuscitation practices illuminates three key features of premodern public health interventions: the focus of governments on the logistics of these interventions, the participation of physicians and surgeons at all levels of the professional hierarchy, and the importance of communication.

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Authors & Contributors
Munno, Cristina
Iorio, Elena
Vanzan Marchini, Nelli-Elena
Zhou, Xun
Gilman, Sander L.
Elliot, Rosemary
Journals
Vesalius
Historical Research: The Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research
Medicina nei secoli
Publishers
Cierre edizioni
Olschki
Reaktion Books
Routledge
Franco Angeli
Fabrizio Serra Editore
Concepts
Medicine
Public health
Science and society
Medicine and politics
Medicine and society
Tobacco
People
Corti, Bonaventura
Places
Italy
Venice (Italy)
Poland
Europe
Times
18th century
19th century
20th century
21st century
17th century
16th century
Institutions
Venice. Collegio di Medici
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