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October 14, 1922

TESTS OF ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION

JAMA. 1922;79(16):1336. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640160056020
Abstract

Artificial respiration is so likely at times to be a lifesaving procedure that the fundamental facts in regard to it should be firmly established and clearly understood, especially by the public. Proposals of methods for the resuscitation of persons in whom respiration has been suspended through drowning, electrical shock, injury to the nervous system or other causes have been made by many investigators. Those which advocate the forcible introduction of air into the lungs by means of a special apparatus have not found widespread favor, although some of them have been extensively advertised. When artificial respiration is called for it should be instituted without delay in order to be effective; for this reason, mechanical devices are not always to be depended on for such first aid, because they may not be immediately available. And "immediately" usually means one or two minutes. The more familiar methods depend on securing an expansion

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