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To the Editor:
—While it was not my pleasure and opportunity to discuss the paper of Dr. Albert Mathieu and Dr. Albert Holman on "Resuscitation of the Asphyxiated New-Born" (The Journal, June 8, p. 1917), reference to my recently published work on resuscitation forces me to do so through your correspondence columns.It is a pleasure to read the introductory paragraph stressing the danger of stimulation by peripheral irritants and mechanical pressure. In my experience, however, the danger of such methods seems to have become generally understood, and we are faced with the new danger of inaction in the place of excessive manipulation.The opportunity afforded by direct vision of the baby's larynx confirms the authors' impressions as to the collapsible character of the larynx in complete asphyxia but does not apply to the same degree when laryngeal reflexes are present. It is a pleasure to agree to the need
Flagg PJ. RESUSCITATION OF THE ASPHYXIATED NEW-BORN. JAMA. 1929;93(2):138–139. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710020054033