I found most interesting the claim in the Winter 2016 issue of Hopkins Medicine (p. 43) that “in 1957 … James Jude became … credited with … the birth of CPR.”
At some point in time prior to June 1955, my brother Jon Stanley (now Dr. Stanley) and I (now also Dr. Stanley) had CPR training in health class in Bruno (Arkansas) High School (a school that no longer exists). The date is certain in my mind because in June 1955, Jon departed to finish high school at a private school and did not return to Bruno for any purpose until many years later.
The CPR is clear in my mind because within one week, we roped one of our semiwild beef cows to vaccinate her, and she fought the rope so vigorously that she choked herself to “death.” As our father sadly removed the rope from the completely inert cow, Jon suggested that we give her CPR. Our father scoffed, but we were always rebellious and inventive, so we immediately started jumping up and down in unison on her ample rib cage in the vicinity of her heart and lungs. Within three or four jumps, she started breathing on her own, and after a half-dozen gasps, she jumped up and ran off, delighted to be free of the rope.
I hope Dr. Jon G. Stanley will now get the credit he deserves as being a pioneer in CPR for cattle!