On this day: the original St John Ambulance first aid manual
and pocket guide
We look back at some of our original printed first aid advice
30 October 1878
139 years ago St John Ambulance published its original first aid
advice manual - Aids for Cases of Injuries and Sudden
Illness . It was written by Surgeon-Major Peter Shepherd
for the Metropolitan Police and ambulance services, organised by St
John Ambulance. The manual was extremely successful and sold more
than 20,000 copies within two years.
Before his death, Surgeon-Major Peter Shepherd also wrote
Aids for First Help to Injured, a "pocket aide-memoir"
which was very similar to our modern day first aid advice guide. It
was originally produced for troops fighting in the Zulu war. It was
later reprinted again for St John Ambulance members. 
Today at St John Ambulance we are still producing lots of useful
materials full of first aid advice. Our
free first aid guide provides first aid
knowledge at your fingertips. The pocket-sized guide is perfect for
keeping in your wallet or handbag – you never know when you might
need it. We also have a
free baby first aid guide.
Our ever popular
First Aid Manual is now in its 10th edition.
It’s our most up to date, fully packed and comprehensive guide to
 Fletcher, N.C. The St John Ambulance Association: Annals
of the Ambulance Department. (Hertford: Stephen Austin &
Sons, Ltd. 1949), 19.
 Fletcher, The St John Ambulance Association,