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December 24, 1960

CLOSED-CHEST CARDIAC MASSAGE-Reply

Author Affiliations

School of Medicine Johns Hopkins University Baltimore 5, Md.

JAMA. 1960;174(17):2160. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03030170050017

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  Dr. Sauder refers to the efforts of Doctors Rainer and Bullough (Brit. M. J.2:1024-1028 [Nov. 2] 1957) to resuscitate children in cardiac arrest by placing one arm underneath the knees and flexing the legs against the chest. They reported eight successful recoveries. Dr. Stout (J. Oklahoma M. Assoc.3:112-114 [March] 1957) reported a success with the method in one adult. As Dr. Sauder stated, one would need the strength of Hercules to apply this method to a heavy adult. Fortunately, a Venus has ample strength to maintain adequate circulation during cardiac arrest by applying rhythmic pressures on the sternum.

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