Heimlich’s Big Maneuver

‘Cafe coronaries’ were a fact of life until The Journal of Emergency Medicine published details of The Heimlich Manoeuvre on June 1, 1974.

In so doing, they made a household name of thoracic surgeon Henry Heimlich, and saved countless diners from choking in restaurants.

In this episode, Arion, Olly and Rebecca examine whether Heimlich’s notoriety was truly deserved; explain how his Hollywood connections helped him spread the word of his achievements; and revisit his misguided pursuit of malariotherapy as a treatment for HIV...

Further Reading:

• Henry Heimlich administers his manoeuvre on Johnny Carson and Angie Dickinson - ‘The Tonight Show’ (1979): https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1850117411675283

• Peter Heimlich’s critical blog about his father’s legacy: https://www.medfraud.info/

• Dr Henry’s Emergency Lessons For People (1980): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmHm8OOz8P8

#70s #Science #Inventions #Food #White #US

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