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April 1966

Fundamentals of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

Arch Intern Med. 1966;117(4):597-599. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.03870100125033

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Respiratory Therapy. By Peter Safar, MD. Price, $7.50. Pp 433, with 123 illustrations. F. A. Davis Co., 1914 Cherry St, Philadelphia, Pa 19103, 1965.

From an occasional, individual, heroic, and usually futile effort, cardiopulmonary resuscitation has become the increasingly rewarding object of study and interest of cardiologists, anesthesiologists, and surgeons. No two men may be singled out as having contributed more to this transformation than the authors of this monograph entitled Fundamentals of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Being so fathered, much is expected of it, and the book fulfills the expectations well, though not completely.

The term "fundamentals" is not entirely appropriate. This is more a manual than a book of fundamentals; more the "what to do" than the "why" type of book; a book to read once, rather than to keep as a reference. The information is conveyed, to a large extent, by means of halftone drawings. These are generally informative,

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