Hall is remembered for a method of resuscitating
the drowned, the Marshall Hall method of artificial respiration, which was
widely employed until other ways of restarting respiration were introduced by
Henry Robert Silvester (1829-1908) and Edward Sharpey-Schâfer (1850-1935).
According to the Hall method, the subject was first placed in the prone
position and pressed upon the back, causing an active expiration. He was then
turned over on his side, with the shoulder raised, to bring about an active
• Prone and postural respiration in drowning and other forms of apnoea or
suspended respiration. London, 1857.
• Dr. Marshall Hall's method of artificial respiration.
Times and Gazette, April 25, 1857: 421. Letter to the editor.
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