Respiratory Support in Intensive CareBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7254.182/a (Published 15 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:182
- Andrew T Cohen, consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care
- St James's Hospital, Leeds
Eds Keith Sykes, J D Young
BMJ Books, £30, pp 315
ISBN 0 7279 1379 4
In 1543 Vesalius demonstrated that rhythmical inflation of the lungs would keep an animal with an open chest alive. It took a further 200 years before John Hunter's experiments resulted in the Royal Humane Society recommending the use of bellows in the resuscitation of the apparently drowned. The first attempts at respiratory support in hospital were confined to patients with normal lungs, usually those with neurological problems.
The early part of the last century saw many …