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May 28, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(22):1930. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730480080028

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To the Editor:  —The editorial comment on this subject (The Journal, April 23) suggests a question and a note of information:Is it possible for a patient to be resuscitated (after the heart has definitely stopped) by means of artificial respiration?In the absence of specific cardiac therapy, such as intracardiac epinephrine, has any evidence ever been adduced to indicate that a heart which has actually stopped will once more take up its physiologic function? Was it not meant, in this reference, when the heart apparently ceases to function? I gather that this must be so, because farther along you refer to physiologic death having occurred thirty minutes before the heart stopped beating.The point I wish to make is that in so-called physiologic death we may consider that the heart does continue to beat, even though this action is not audible or palpable; and that when the heart does

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