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History of neonatal resuscitation. Tales of heroism and desperation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10494469     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although the history of neonatal resuscitation is as old as medicine itself, today's standards of practice evolved over the past 40 years. Most ancient physicians and midwives did know that stimulation and expansion of lungs was needed to revive the "apparently dead" newborn, but the means of providing these 'therapies' varied from brutal shaking, hitting, swinging, electrocuting, hanging upside-down to applying gentle pressures or squeezing of the chest. It would take centuries of development in physiological concepts and technology for the evolution of a rational approach in resuscitating the newborn infant. Even after great advances in medical science in the 19th century, cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques remained primitive until the mid-1950s. In this article the author has traced some elements of cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques and developed an outline of the history of neonatal resuscitation.
T N Raju
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinics in perinatology     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0095-5108     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Perinatol     Publication Date:  1999 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-10-07     Completed Date:  1999-10-07     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7501306     Medline TA:  Clin Perinatol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  629-40, vi-vii     Citation Subset:  IM; Q    
Department of Pediatrics, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Fetal Death / history
History, 16th Century
History, 17th Century
History, 18th Century
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
History, Ancient
Infant, Newborn* / physiology
Intubation, Intratracheal / history
Respiration, Artificial / history
Respiratory Mechanics / physiology
Resuscitation / history*

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