Sunday, May 6, 2012

Reply: Potassium Permanganate‏ and The Inn of the Sixth Happiness

“Ferfal–Thank you so much for your blog! I was so interested in the video of the potassium permanganate, because at the moment I am halfway through the small book “The Inn of the Sixth Happiness” by Alan Burgess, which tells the true story of a young, single, British woman missionary who was in rural China when the Japanese invaded Manchuria. In 1938 their isolated village was bombed, leaving many casualties. All she had in her first aid kit was a bottle of Lysol, a bottle of Potassium Permanganate, a can of boric acid, and lots of cotton! She mixed up a solution of the P.P. in a kettle of warm water, and irrigated the wounds and bandaged them. Most lived, even the gunshot wounds. I highly recommend the book, as it gives a compelling picture of survival in a variety of disaster situations. ”
 Missouri, USA

Thanks Jean, thats very interesting.
These are the kind of “gems” I’m always looking for in terms of survival knowledge, real events that actually took place somewhere, at some time. Learning from what happened to others and analyzing how they coped, what worked and what didn’t, that to me is priceless information.
The book is the true story of English evangelical Christian missionary Gladys Aylward , who saved orphans and cared for wounded when Japan invaded China in 1938. She successfully used potassium permanganate to treat many wounded while escaping from the Japanese invasion. Its good to know that it has been effectively used in that role.
One of the things that I like the most about potassium permanganate is that the uses it has are so critical in a survival situation. Few things would be more critical during an emergency than purifying water and disinfecting wounds, and a small bottle of potassium permanganate crystals is enough to treat many gallons of water and prepare gallons of disinfectant.
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