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April 1952


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, The Post-Graduate Medical School of New York University.

AMA Arch Surg. 1952;64(4):409-420. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1952.01260010425001

CARDIAC arrest is of infrequent occurrence and fortunately is rarely of such duration as to require surgical intervention. It is always ominous and if persistent is an emergency of the utmost importance to the surgeon. Recently there has been a marked increase in the interest in this condition. This is in part due to the increasing awareness of the derangement and its calamitous potentialities, particularly in the operating room. Several recent articles attest to this.1 Many of these reports showed indefatigable ingenuity in devising technical procedures to rectify the condition, and in many instances these procedures have been successful. To a mechanistically minded observer, however, there appeared to be a lack of interest in the mechanism of the genesis of cardiac arrest and the possibilities of its prevention. There were some routine generalities regarding development of the condition, but this phase of the problem was left sufficiently vague to