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CPR Was Born in Baltimore; Its Creator Died This Week at Age 87

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In the 1950s, if you keeled over because your heart stopped, that was generally it. But a Johns Hopkins electrical engineer thought there must be a better way. In the 1950s, William Kouwenhoven began work on the first cardiac defibrillator, which he used to shock lab dogs’ hearts back to life after they’d stopped beating. And then came the famous day in 1958 when a dog’s heart stopped–but the lifesaving defibrillator was on the wrong floor of the hospital.

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