In 1960 , exactly 50 years ago , a group of doctors from Jhon Hopkins published their observation in 20 cases. It went on to become , one of the most remarkable discovery in the history of cardiology .
They taught us how to use a pair of hand , as an artificial heart and save lives
They are . . .
- Dr Kouwenhoven*
- Dr James R. Jude, and
- Dr G. Guy Knickerbocker .
* He was not a medical doctor but an electrical engineer at Hopkins but he worked in the medical school as well .
They meticulously documented , each patient’s case history , whom they were able to successfully revive , (It was in the same period , the AC/DC shock was also invented in the Hopkins ) .One of the highlights of their paper was , with each chest compression they were able to elevate the carotid pressure up to 90mmhg and was recorded in a pressure tracing .
We have to thank the JAMA (Journal of American medial association ) for making this original article available free in their website .
Must read for every cardiologist