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October 1952

CARDIAC ARREST AND RESUSCITATION FROM VIEWPOINT OF OTOLARYNGOLOGIST

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PHILADELPHIA

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1952;56(4):416-420. doi:10.1001/archotol.1952.00710020438008
Abstract

CARDIAC resuscitation is not new; in fact, it was attempted on several occasions in the latter part of the 19th century.1 However, until recently the procedure has been little publicized and little practiced. Beck2 and Bailey3 have been pioneers in this field. I am greatly indebted to Beck,4 who gives an excellent course in the subject under the auspices of the Cleveland Area Heart Association.

Every surgeon should be familiar with cardiac massage and resuscitation. That many lives can be saved by this process is now a matter of fact. No longer may one stand by while a patient dies, assuming that it is an unavoidable and inevitable "anesthetic" death. The lay public is fast becoming educated, through articles in newspapers and magazines, and physicians are being sued for not performing this procedure.

One of the deterrents to practicing cardiac massage is the thought in the

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