[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
October 9, 1996

Cardiac Arrest: The Science and Practice of Resuscitation Medicine

Author Affiliations

Wayne State University Detroit Receiving Hospital Detroit, Mich


edited by Norman A. Paradis, Henry R. Halperin, and Richard M. Nowak, 981 pp, with illus, $139, ISBN 0-683-06765-6, Baltimore, Md, Williams & Wilkins, 1996.

JAMA. 1996;276(14):1195. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540140083037

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


The extremely large Cardiac Arrest: The Science and Practice of Resuscitation Medicine is truly an encyclopedia on the subject. The book has virtually everything one would ever want to know about the causes of cardiac arrest, the applied physiology, and its treatment. As the editors point out, more than 300000 persons die each year in the United States of sudden cardiac death, and with early recognition and therapy this number could be greatly reduced. The authors also point out that all our skills and limited knowledge must be applied immediately when cardiac arrest occurs if "hearts and brains too good to die are not to be lost forever."

Every physician will at some time attempt to resuscitate patients from sudden death, but few have the opportunity to learn from teachers dedicated to this skill, which this book provides. The editors intend it to be "a comprehensive text incorporating critical analysis