Medicine: Mendelsohn Theory

When the heart has ceased to beat is the body dead? Certainly many persons have been buried after mere certification that their hearts have ceased to beat. Some have come alive in the dark tomb, only to die unsuccored. May it then be that the heart pulsations are not paramount in sustaining life? Such is the theory advanced last week by Dr. Martin Mendelsohn, holder since 1899 of the Chair of Diseases of the Heart at Berlin University. He declared that other tests than cessation of the heartbeats must be made before certifying a patient dead.

Elaborating his thesis, Dr. Mendelsohn said:...

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