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December 20, 1985

Prehospital Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Author Affiliations

New Fairfield, Conn

JAMA. 1985;254(23):3309-3310. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360230038011

To the Editor.—  In their article on prehospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Cummins and Eisenberg1 make the statement that "Cobb and co-workers in Seattle pioneered the concept of citizen CPR [cardiopulmonary resuscitation] as early as 1971." Although Cobb et al did much to popularize the concept, the record will show that the plan to train "all able-bodied persons over the age of 10 to perform CPR" was originally presented by me in December 1971 at the Second National Conference on Emergency Health Services2 in Bethesda, Md, speaking on behalf of the American College of Physicians.The following April at the annual session in Atlantic City, NJ, a resolution3 to the effect that the college's total membership, which was 22,000 at that time, join with the American Heart Association in a national effort to mass-train citizens was approved unanimously by the regents and governors. The New York Times (April 20,