Edward Schafer (1850–1935) and artificial respiration

  title={Edward Schafer (1850–1935) and artificial respiration},
  author={Alan H. Sykes},
  journal={Journal of Medical Biography},
  pages={155 - 162}
  • A. Sykes
  • Published 1 August 2006
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Medical Biography
In 1861 the Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society of London set up a series of committees to examine different methods of manual artificial respiration for use in apparent drowning. In 1903 Edward Schafer, then Professor of Physiology at Edinburgh and chairman of the fourth committee, described his own prone-pressure method which, on the basis of recorded respiratory minute-volumes, was superior to other methods and subsequently was employed worldwide for nearly 50 years. 
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