Cardiac Arrest and Resuscitation.

Leroy D. Vandam, MD
JAMA. 1963;186(6):612. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03710060098031.
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This is the most complete treatise on cardiac arrest and resuscitation that has come to the reviewer's attention. The writer, a thoracic surgeon, again and again demonstrates his competence to discuss this important problem and also shows an excellent grasp of the factors in anesthesia that lead to the catastrophe. Yet his message is addressed to a wide audience: to the surgeon, the radiologist, dentist, obstetrician, pediatrician, cardiologist and general practitioner, each of whom has a special interest in this matter.

In succession the chapters deal with the historical background, define the problem, discuss the pathology and etiology, emphasize prevention and the means of early diagnosis, and clearly depict treatment. The photographs are most helpful in demonstrating techniques of resuscitation. The final three chapters go beyond the usual in discussing restoration of the heart beat, the treatment of anoxic brain damage, and resuscitation in special cases. All this is done


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