T. C. Thompson, M.D.
JAMA. 1935;104(4):307-308. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.92760040001009.
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The advent of the Drinker respirator has made possible the prolonged treatment of respiratory paralysis, but the problem still remains of treating the patient until he can be placed in a respirator. Many large institutions keep a respirator always on hand for such emergencies, but it is obviously impossible for the family doctor or smaller hospitals to have one immediately available and some means of artificial respiration must be resorted to. Numerous methods have been described and it is only because in my experience they have at times been unsatisfactory that the following modification is suggested. The older standard methods have been compared1 and the only one found adequate was the Schafer prone pressure method. This will maintain normal exchange in the ordinary case and is fairly satisfactory except that the repeated pressure on the lower thorax often


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