The Center for a Healthy Maryland hosted a reception, exhibit unveiling, and educational program to honor the milestone anniversary of the origins of CPR. This life-saving technique was pioneered by Maryland physicians and scientists in the 1950s and first advanced, nationally, at the MedChi Semi-Annual Meeting in September 1960 when two scientific papers were presented: one on artificial respiration and one on external chest compression. These two methods were later combined to become modern CPR.
On November 11, 2010, many of the pioneers in CPR research and dissemination, and their families, gathered at MedChi in Baltimore to view the Museum of Maryland Medicine’s inaugural exhibit: The Beat Goes On: 50 Years of CPR. A Governor’s Proclamation was read and citations were awarded to the physicians in attendance, including Dr. James Jude and Dr. Donald Dembo, and the surviving family members of Dr. William Kouwenhoven, Dr. Leonard Scherlis, and Dr. Marvin Nachlas. Also recognized were Dr. Peter Safar, Dr. Guy Knickerbocker and Captain Martin McMahon. The Hunt Lectureship on CPR Horizons and Research was presented by Myron L. Weisfeldt, M.D., William Osler Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Click here to see photographs of the exhibit, The Beat Goes On: 50 years of CPR, and the November 11, 2010 event honoring this anniversary.
To view the slideshow presented during the CPR event reception, please click here.