Notepad on Life

April 9, 2010

Cigarettes used to be good for you

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Has there been a greater, more profound evolution in the last 70 years than in the field of first aid?

The Northern Echo has a feature on the sad case of a police officer gunned down in Coxhoe in 1940, in a story all too reminiscent of the Derek Bentley case.

It reports how PC William Shiell had just hours to live after being shot in the stomach, “Despite attempts to revive him with water and a cigarette…”

A prescription you just can’t imagine being bandied around in the Accident & Emergency units of today: “Bloods, saline solution and we’ll start him off on Marlboro Lights…”

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