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June 8, 1929

RESUSCITATION OF THE ASPHYXIATED NEW-BORN

Author Affiliations

PORTLAND, ORE.

JAMA. 1929;92(23):1917-1918. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700490017005
Abstract

A recital of the methods of resuscitation of the asphyxiated new-born in vogue at present sounds like a chapter from "Mother India." Nowhere in present-day medicine can one see such antiquated, unscientific and haphazard procedures as those practiced in the attempt to induce the new-born child to take its first breath.

The constantly repeated dictum that childbirth is a normal physiologic function has led to the belief that any method of resuscitation practiced by animals or by the ancients should suffice in the case of the human offspring. We hold that, in most places, attempts at resuscitation as practiced in present-day obstetrics are either futile gestures or actual deterrents that defeat their own purpose, and we insist that beating, slapping and manhandling a delicate human body in its first fifteen minutes of life is not only needless but, indeed, extremely harmful. Dashing a new-born infant into ice-water, swinging it through

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