Therapy: Life After Drowning

How long can a person be drowned and recover without serious brain damage? How long should first-aiders and physicians keep up attempts to resuscitate someone who is apparently dead? There are no precise answers to these questions, but the British Medical Journal reports the remarkable case of a child brought back from the dead by the tireless efforts of resourceful Norwegian doctors. The detailed observations that were made during the boy's stormy battle for life, says the B.M.J., will help medical researchers to fill in gaps in their knowledge of how to deal with such critical cases.

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