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His writings – more than 22 volumes – influenced medicine for the next 1300 years: until the sixteenth century he was considered the final authority on all matters related to health and disease. ), constituted a fund of anatomical and physiological knowledge. 2 Galen taught that the innate heat of life was produced in the furnace of the heart. It was turned on at birth and extinguished at death, never to be lit again. This strongly held belief, passed on through the centuries, is one reason why no one believed that death could be reversed.
An amphibious rescue craft designed for work on ice. 30 He emphasized the need to keep accurate records and the need for speedy intervention. He advocated artificial ventilation with warm air or “dephlogisticated air” (see below) and suggested cricoid pressure and treatment of cardiac arrest with electric shocks. He was a methodical person and designed a pocket resuscitation kit in a case with “a collection that comprehends every article except an electrical machine” and also a description of the correct way to use these instruments31 “.
4–6 As is so often the case, a new idea emerges almost simultaneously from more than one source. The illustration on the use of bellows for artificial ventilation (Fig. 1) is from the frontispiece of the 1974 American Heart Association publication on standards for cardiopulmonary resuscitation;7 it has a notation that the method dates from 1530. It was in that year, 13 years before the publication of Versalius’ great work, that Paracelsus8 was said to have used the technique in an apnoeic patient.
Cardiac arrest: the science and practice of resuscitation medicine by Norman A Paradis,NetLibrary, Inc.