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December 20, 1985

Prehospital Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation-Reply

Author Affiliations

University of Washington Seattle

JAMA. 1985;254(23):3310-3311. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360230038012

In Reply.—  We thank Drs White and Thompson and Dr Weinberg and Mr Paturas for their thoughtful letters and congratulate Drs White and Thompson for their important work on CPR. Dr Stolfi has added an interesting historical footnote to this topic.Each year in the United States millions of people learn the potentially lifesaving skill of CPR. National organizations such as the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross invest much time, energy, and money in CPR training activities. Are these people and organizations wasting their time learning and teaching a possibly ineffective technique? Our position is that enough clinical experience and evidence exists to enthusiastically and unequivocally encourage widespread training in the skills of basic life support.In the past decade a "renaissance of research"1 into the physiology of CPR has occurred that has been stimulating, exciting, and, as we stated in our article, "a challenge to