Denorios (denorios) wrote in little_details,

Drowning in the 19th century...

How much would people have known about drowning and how to revive someone in the latter half of the 19th century? I'm writing a story set in the Old West and my character is dragged from the river after someone tries to drown him. Would people have known to check for breathing and pulse?

What sort of medical attention would someone require after? I'm assuming pneumonia would be a concern.

I've tried googling the history of CPR and resuscitation, but it's all quite vague until you get to the early 20th century.
Tags: 1800s (no decades given), ~drowning, ~medicine: historical

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