Volunteer "drowned" to demonstrate artificial respiration in 1959 | RetroFocus




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Published on May 22, 2019

A volunteer lies on the floor of an operating room at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Doctors inject him with curare to stop his breathing. They then keep him alive for the next hour using various methods, and the results are measured as part of a televised demonstration in lifesaving.

"Return to Life: An Experiment in Artificial Respiration" was produced by the ABC and aired in June 1959.

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