Cardiology: Immediate Counterattack

Modern medicine has a battery of devices that greatly reduce the dangers of heart attacks — provided they are used in time. The electrocardiograph gives the physician a continuous moving pic ture of how the damaged heart is behaving. A simple oxygen system will do the patient's breathing for him. If his heart stops, electric paddles restart it.

If it lapses into an ineffectual, twitching action (fibrillation), an electrical defibrillator restores a beat. If that beat is still not right, an electrical pacemaker can take over.

So far, such equipment has been kept...

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