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Heimlich's maneuvers : my seventy years of lifesaving innovations

by Heimlich, Henry J.,

Format: Print Book 2014
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Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 92 HEIMLICH
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  92 HEIMLICH
" Here, in his own words, is the story of one of the twentieth century's most creative medical innovators, Dr. Henry Heimlich. The thoracic surgeon is best known for having developed the Heimlich Maneuver, the world's easiest-to-learn and most universally known method to save people from choking to death on food or foreign objects. But many don't know about Dr. Heimlich's other life-saving inventions. He is the inventor of the Heimlich Chest Drain Valve, which saved thousands of lives during the Vietnam War, and the Heimlich MicroTrach, which provides a remarkably efficient way for people to take oxygen. In the present decade, Dr. Heimlich has turned his attention to two devastating illnesses for which medicine has not yet found a cure--cancer and HIV. He describes his research and its promise, as well as the controversy and resistance his new ideas have generated from the medical establishment. Interweaving the author's personal life with riveting stories of his numerous medical breakthroughs, this rich memoir provides insights into the workings of a creative mind and the machinations of the American medical system."
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Henry Heimlich has saved many lives and made it possible for nearly everyone, even children, to save a life and be a hero. In 1974, he introduced the Heimlich Maneuver, an uncomplicated technique for treating victims of choking. But his creative problem-solving extends beyond obstructed airway passages. Heimlich is a real-life medical version of TV's MacGyver. While stationed in the Gobi Desert during WWII, he devised a simple cure for trachoma (a leading cause of blindness) by mixing pulverized sulfa antibiotic tablets with shaving cream. He has devised an operation that fashions a new esophagus by using a portion of the stomach, invented a chest drain valve that is used in the treatment of collapsed lungs, and developed a device that aids in the delivery of supplemental oxygen. In his uplifting memoir, the retired thoracic surgeon and medical innovator comes across as a man with big ideas and lofty ideals, a caring physician who combines common sense and knowledge to make the world a safer place.--Miksanek, Tony Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Heimlich's memoir looks beyond the invention of the author's eponymous technique, which has saved countless choking victims since 1974. The book begins with Heimlich's comfortable childhood in New Rochelle, N.Y.-filled with daydreams of "medical discovery"-and follows him through his training at Cornell Medical College, his service in the Navy during WWII at a Gobi Desert hospital, his marriage, and his establishment of a remarkable surgical practice. He proudly shares his astounding list of medical inventions, including a "reversed gastric tube operation" that allowed patients with damaged esophagi to eat again; exercises that taught people to swallow who'd lost the physical ability to do so; a chest drain valve that advanced the care of patients with life-threatening chest wounds; and a "microtrach" for patients with chronic breathing problems. Heimlich acknowledges that his most famous creation is the antichoking technique that bears his name, which "allows anyone... to save a life." The book also covers his fascinating but less-well-known legal battle with the Red Cross over its teaching of the Heimlich maneuver. This is a lively read for those beginning medical careers and for anyone interested in the life of a storied man of medicine. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Heimlich, Henry J.
Physicians -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher Amherst, New York :2014
Language English
Description 253 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-243) and index.
ISBN 9781616148492 (pbk.)
1616148497 (pbk.)
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