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Silvester's method

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A now obsolete method of artificial respiration: the patient lies on his or her back, with arms raised to the sides of the head, held there temporarily, then brough down and pressed against the chest. Movement repeated 16 times per minute..


  • H. R. Silvester
    A new method of resuscitating still-born children, and for restoring persons apparently drowned or dead.
    British Medical Journal, 1858: 576-579. The discovery of the physiological method of inducing respiration in cases of apparent death from drowning, chloroform, still birth etc.
    3rd edition, London, 1863.

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