The experimental studies conducted by the late Joseph S. Redding over the past three decades with his students and colleagues form the scientific basis for many aspects of present cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Redding's research was characterized by its elegance, simplicity, common-sense reasoning, and clinical relevance. Much of his work conducted in the 1960's anticipated with uncanny accuracy some of the most actively discussed issues in resuscitation today (Table 1). Most interesting are Redding's classic studies related to diastolic arterial pressure and myocardial perfusion during CPR, abdominal binding, acid-base status, and use of methoxamine versus other adrenergic drugs for cardiac resuscitation. Al though he trained and matured as a researcher before the specialty of emergency medicine existed; his work addressed many important topics of current academic interest in this specialty. Here, we review nine areas of Joseph S. Redding's research in hope that readers will find his life's work to be a guide and inspiration in carrying on the search for improved resuscitation methods in the clinic and in the laboratory.


This is the author accepted manuscript of "Ralston S.H., Babbs, C.F., Joseph S. Redding's contributions to cardiac resuscitation, American Journal of Emergency Medicine 3, 247-251, 1985." Copyright Elsevier, the version of record can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0735-6757(85)90099-3 and is made available here CC-BY-NC-ND.

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