Replacing Lost Blood
It is a fact not generally known to the laity that a solution of common salt and water will take the place of blood when introduced into the system. Surgeons resort to this practice in performing all very bloody operations. Their method of hypo-dermoclysis could not be carried out in the camp, of course, but a very good substitute for it can be used. The lower bowel is very receptive of this solution, which by the way, is made by dissolving a teaspoonful of clean common salt in a pint of water. The solution, maintained at blood heat, is introduced into the lower bowel with a fountain syringe. Persons, who have lost a great deal of blood, so much in fact that their pulse can hardly be felt at the wrist, will receive great benefit from this procedure. Use at least a gallon of the solution and do not permit it to flow too rapidly into the bowel.
Moody, Charles Stuart. Backwoods Surgery & Medicine. New York: Outing Pub., 1916. Print.
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