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April 1953


AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1953;57(4):371-377. doi:10.1001/archotol.1953.00710030392001

THE INCIDENCE of cardiac arrest during otolaryngological operations appears higher than would be casually anticipated. Considering the number of such operations carried out each year, the relative incidence is probably no higher than in other fields. However, the number of cases with successful resuscitation in the past, has been small. This is understandable in such specialties as represented by otolaryngology, and it is in such specialties that cardiac arrest is harvesting a large toll. Usually the otolaryngologist has had meager training in general or thoracic surgery, or it has been a considerable length of time since he has observed this type of surgery. With this background—and heaped upon it the sudden realization of cardiac arrest—the otolaryngological surgeon is inhibited from slitting open the chest.

In this specialty, the relatively frequent occurrence of cardiac arrest in young people and in persons whose hearts are, for all intents and purposes, normal, is

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