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JAMA 100 Years Ago
October 16, 2002


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JenniferReiling, Assistant Editor

JAMA. 2002;288(15):1920. doi:10.1001/jama.288.15.1920-JJY20032-2-1

The press cables report that Dr. Koulapye of St. Petersburg removed the heart from a child who had died twenty-four hours before and by the use of a certain salt solution made it beat with normal regularity for one hour. The statement, if confirmed, is of great interest. The use of massage, needle puncture or stimulation by electricity or alcohol have started hearts that had ceased to beat and prolonged life for some hours, and even carried the patients beyond the crisis to safety, but this new achievement is a step in advance. Salt seems to be concerned in some very vital processes. It has been urged that its overuse causes cancer, and evidence appears to favor the contention. Not long since it was reported that by means of a salt solution in which chlorid of sodium figured prominently ova could be developed without the necessity of any male element entering into the process. In view of the trend of events, it is certainly a matter for congratulation that the distribution of salt on the earth is not such as to lend itself kindly to the grasp of a monopoly, so that, when salt becomes the most potent of earth's forces, it still may be had by all people. Perhaps in the future we may appreciate why three-fourths of the earth's surface is occupied by salt water.

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