Medicine: 4 1/2 Minutes of Death

Wounded in the thigh, Red Army Private Valentin Cherepanov lost so much blood that he died. The attending surgeon certified: "Death following shock and acute hemorrhage . . . at 14:41."

Three and a half minutes later, a team of doctors headed by Moscow's famed Vladimir Negovski went to work. A forcible blood injection raised Cherepanov's blood pressure. After one minute his heart began to beat. He breathed in three minutes, became conscious in an hour. Soon, hale & hearty, Cherepanov was on medical display.

Negovski, the doctor who engineered the revival (and who has...

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