Medicine: Eve's Seesaw

From England last week came word that British naval surgeons think they have a better method of artificial respiration than the familiar Schafer prone pressure method.

The system, first proposed eleven years ago by Dr. Frank Cecil Eve, consulting physician to the Royal Infirmary at Hull, England, is based on a gentle, rhythmic rocking of the patient, instead of the pressure-and-release system worked out by Sir Edward Sharpey Schäfer in 1903.

In 1932 Eve wrote: "Formerly I regarded the breathing thorax as a concertina bellows; my present work suggests that it resembles rather a cylinder and piston." But this reverse action of the...

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