Medicine: Mouth to Mouth

Blowing directly into the mouth of a person who has stopped breathing is the oldest method of artificial respiration known to man (and akin to the oldest technique of real respiration: the Lord's wafting life into Adam's nostrils). But distaste for touching a moribund victim has brought numerous alternatives, from rolling a man over a barrel to the Nielsen "back-pressure, arm-lift" method, which last year superseded the Schafer "prone-pressure" system in the manual of the American Red Cross (TIME, Oct. 7).

The newest method goes straight back to the oldest. Among the growing number of researchers who contend that nothing beats wafting...

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