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March 1958

Survival with Complete Recovery One and One-Half Hours After Clinical Cardiac Arrest

Author Affiliations

F.A.C.P.; New York

From the Departments of Medicine and Surgery, Elmhurst General Hospital, Services of Drs. Henry Marks and David Marks.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;101(3):650-654. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260150138018

It has been estimated that sudden unexpected cardiac arrest occurs 10,000 times annually in this country,1 although resuscitative measures are not undertaken nearly so frequently. However, resuscitation of an arrested heart, whether it is caused by cardiac standstill or ventricular fibrillation, is a common daily occurrence, and so many really dramatic recoveries have been reported in both medical and lay press in recent months that it is no longer of medical importance to add another case to the growing list unless the events were most unusual.2-11

We feel that this case is of unusual medical interest because cardiac resuscitation by manual compression was performed 90 minutes after apparent clinical death due to cardiac arrest, when other methods of revival had failed. The patient made a complete recovery without any cardiac or neurologic sequelae and is perfectly normal at the time of this report, which is several months after

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