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January 22, 1938


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New Haven, Conn.

JAMA. 1938;110(4):304. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790040058023

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To the Editor:—  In trying to correct one error, I seem— inadvertently—to have promoted another. In The Journal, Nov. 6, 1937, page 1561, I showed that forcible artificial respiration of the asphyxial new-born by means of apparatus of the pulmotor type, such as the E & J Resuscitator, is contrary to sound principles and may sometimes be harmful. In place of such treatment I suggested that "the passage of a soft catheter into the trachea of an apneic and flaccid baby is so simple an operation and insufflation by the Meltzer-Flagg technic is generally so effective that there is little justification for any other procedure."To my amazement and horror, Dr. J. Lyman Hurlbut in The Journal, Dec. 25, 1937, page 2157, takes this recommendation to mean "the procedure of inflating the infant lung as one would a balloon," and he adds, on the basis of the recent paper of

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