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March 11, 1998

Resuscitation HistoryLife in the Balance: Emergency Medicine and the Quest to Reverse Sudden Death

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Mickey S. Eisenberg, 304 pp, with illus, $30, ISBN 0-19-510179-0, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 1997.

JAMA. 1998;279(10):801. doi:10.1001/jama.279.10.801

Life in the Balance provides fascinating insight into the development of resuscitation for cardiac and respiratory arrest. The author, Mickey S. Eisenberg, MD, gives a complete history of resuscitation in a style that will appeal to physician, scientist, and lay reader.

The book includes brief definitions of terms throughout the text and a glossary. As a physician, I did not find the definitions at all disruptive or an obstacle to enjoyment of this excellent historical review of the science behind resuscitation.

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