Cardiac arrest: the science and practice of resuscitation by Norman A Paradis,NetLibrary, Inc.

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Squire to resuscitate the child (Fig. 86 Kite’s device may properly be called a proto-defibrillator. All of the elements of a modern defibrillator are there: it had a source of energy in a Leyden jar that served as a capacitor; an electrometer functioned as the energy setting; brass knobs served as the electrodes; metallic strings were equivalent to the cables; and glass or wooden tubes served as insulators to prevent the operator from being shocked. Or as Kite so delicately put it, “In this manner, shocks may be sent through any part of the body .

32 At this time, the concepts of fresh and satiated air, set down by Versalius and Hooke two and one centuries earlier, were refined by three scientists working in different countries and more or less independently, although they had some contact. Although the credit for discovering oxygen is usually given to Priestley (1775)33 from England and Lavoisier from France (1775),34 it is now agreed that Carl Scheele, a Swedish chemist working in Germany was the first to isolate “fire air” in 1772 and 1773.

His skin was cold, there was not the least pulse in either heart or arteries and not the least breathing could be observed. I applied my mouth close to his and blowed my breath as strong as I could, but having neglected to stop all his nostrils, all the air came out of them, wherefore taking hold of them with one hand . . I blew again my breath as strong as I could, raising his chest fully with it and immediately I felt six or seven beats of the heart. Tossach added that the man had walked home 4 hours later.

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