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JAMA 100 Years Ago
November 7, 2012

THE RESUSCITATION OF THE HEART

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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2012;308(17):1721. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.3300

More than a quarter of a century ago the physiologist Schiff demonstrated on animals the possibility of resuscitating the apparently dead by means of massage of the heart. Enough experience has been gathered in the meantime to encourage the continuance of this method in appropriate cases. Our knowledge of the working of the heart—its innervation, the coordination of its parts, the intrinsic and extrinsic factors on which a normal cardiac functioning depends—have been so widely extended in the past few years that there is hope of the continued fruitful application of these newer acquirements in the domain of medical practice.

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