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December 24, 1960


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JAMA. 1960;174(17):2160. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03030170050016

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To the Editor:—  In The Journal, July 9, page 1064, in the article by Kouwenhoven, Jude, and Knickerbocker, there is a description of earlier efforts at closed-chest cardiac massage, in which the investigators were described as "flexing the [legs and] buttocks against the chest." Would it not have been more humane to let the poor soul quietly depart from the mortal body than to wring it loose with such a spine-crunching maneuver as this must have been?The investigators who performed this feat must have been professional pretzel-benders with the strength of Hercules if they had an adult in their series.

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