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August 14, 1937

THE MECHANICAL RESUSCITATION OF THE NEW-BORN: A REPORT OF 500 CASES

Author Affiliations

PITTSBURGH

From the Department of Obstetrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1937;109(7):489-490. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780330017006
Abstract

The problem of a safe and sane method for the resuscitation of the new-born requires serious thought at the present time, owing to the fact that each day more women demand the use of various drugs to make "childbirth painless," with the natural sequela that the obstetrician has to deal with more narcotized babies. This demand, as the obstetrician knows, is due to the unfortunate publicity given in the lay press about their uses. Although the information emanates from medical sources, the doctors as well as the laity have nerve enough to criticize the high maternal and fetal mortality in which these drugs play a part.

The staff at Magee Hospital has gone through the various stages in the development of resuscitation of the new-born; i. e., the old mouth to mouth method, the hot and cold tubing, various forms of the manual methods, and the use of oxygen or

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