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June 1966

Historical and Experimental Approaches to Modern Resuscitation.

Arch Intern Med. 1966;117(6):844-845. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.03870120108035

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93. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703, 1965.

The jacket of this short book characterizes it as one "for physicians who may face such emergencies for the first time..." and also as "... a protocol for the treatment of sudden life threatening emergencies such as respiratory obstruction and respiratory or cardiac arrest." It further describes its historical notes as "... succintly outlined for the first time."

Apart from the candor of the adverb suggesting its briefness, the other phrases on the jacket are misleading. This monograph affords a fascinating glimpse into the recent history of resuscitation: experiments in AC and DC current defibrillation in Geneva in 1899 and 1900; close chest cardiac massage performed by a young surgeon in 1891; and the use of epinephrine in the treatment of asystole by Crile in 1906. It does not offer, however, anything other than a sketchy and

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