BRLSI History & Culture - Smoke, Shocks and Bellows: The Origins and Development of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

20 June 2018


Visitors - £4; Members/Students - £2

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Dr Roger Rolls Medical Historian

Early attempts at resuscitation in the mid-eighteenth century featured techniques remarkably similar to those used today. These included using electricity and positive pressure ventilation to reanimate the apparently dead.

By 1830 most of these early techniques had been abandoned for fear of causing harm. More than a century passed before similar techniques for effective resuscitation were introduced, resulting from accumulated scientific experimentation on the electrical properties of the heart.