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May 1972

Rhinological Aspects of Biblical Resuscitation

Author Affiliations

Jerusalem, Israel
From the Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Hadassah University Hospital and the Hebrew University—Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1972;95(5):488-489. doi:10.1001/archotol.1972.00770080724019

Artificial respiration is an important part of cardiorespiratory resuscitation. Mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-nose breathing, or both, are considered the most effective methods if special equipment is not available. Instances of resuscitation, which can be analyzed on purely medical grounds, are described in the Bible. On the basis of early postbiblical literature it is shown that the prophet Elisha, contrary to general belief, was not the first to use mouth-to-mouth breathing, and that the origins of artificial respiration are in ancient Hebrew folkloric medicine.

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