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September 15, 1962

Artificial Respiration

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The Doctors Hospital 909 University St., Seattle 1

JAMA. 1962;181(11):1014. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050370082020

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To the Editor:—  Mouth-to-mouth artificial respiration is accepted as the best first-aid for drowning people or in other instances where resuscitation is needed. It is also accepted that its early use is important in these cases. I think it would be worth while to apply mouth-to-mouth respiration in the water, while the rescuer is trying to save a victim who is struggling for air. When the victim breathes "air" he will calm down, will struggle less, and will get less water in the lungs.For my experiment on persons rebreathing air from a bag, I found that most of them can tolerate 3 minutes.

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