Heimlich's Maneuvers: My Seventy Years of Lifesaving Innovation

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Prometheus Books, Feb 11, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 253 pages
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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.

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A self-promoting memoir from the inventor of the abdominal thrust technique that bears his name.A retired thoracic surgeon, Heimlich launches into his prideful narrative by relating how he faced and ... Read full review

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The Depression AntiSemitism and Visits
MedicalSchool Challenges and a Strange
EnRoute toChina
A HealthClinic in the Gobi Desert
A Medical Newbie Searches for a Surgical
Restoring the Ability to Swallow
APromise to a Dead Soldier Kept The Heimlich Chest DrainValve
Operate on Hayani
Saving the Lives of Choking Victims
The Gift of Breath The Heimlich

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Henry J. Heimlich, MD, may have saved more lives over the course of his seventy-year medical career than any other living physician. A renowned thoracic surgeon, now retired, Dr. Heimlich is the president of the Heimlich Institute in Cincinnati. His many honors and awards include the Albert Lasker Award, the American Academy of Achievement Award, and induction into the Engineering and Science Hall of Fame and the Safety and Health Hall of Fame International.

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