The usual methods of resuscitation recommended and practiced are so illy applicable at the bedside, to the restoration of the still-born, and so often ineffectual, that the suggestions here given and employed during eight years of the usual obstetric service of the general practitioner are deemed worthy of presentation.
The bronchi, bronchioles, rings, alveoli, sera, epithelia, mucosa, capillaries, elastic connective-tissue and muscular fiber of the lungs form an aggregation of structure as interesting and complex, regardless of their nervous control, as any in the human body.
Bearing in mind that the lungs do not functionate at all as organs during intrauterine life, but simply vegetate through their nutritive channels; and that the rich and active plexus of vessels of the pulmonary circuit are not employed during this period; and that the resiliency of the pulmonary tissues has not yet been tested, nor have the chest muscles been used in the
LICHTY D. PHYSIOLOGIC RESUSCITATION OF THE STILL-BORN.. JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(6):381–382. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470060025001j