The author of this book spent his lifetime collecting data and making notes on this subject. Some of the material is interesting, but a large part is irrelevant. The author calls "The practice of lifesaving today—a dismal medical wilderness." Knowledge of resuscitation should be a requirement for the practice of medicine. Dr. Jellinek attempted to formulate a program for resuscitation. He is professor of electropathology at the University of Vienna, where they have "a pathologic museum which is practically a department of life saving."
The first paragraph of the first chapter indicates the author's style and presentation: "It is in itself a strange contradiction that some learned doctors of strict integrity do not hesitate to pronounce categorically that there is in reality no such thing as 'apparent-death,' whilst others of no less esteem make testamentary depositions that the heart-incision shall be performed on them; but this contradiction reveals the darker