June 1, 1974. The June issue of the journal Emergency Medicinepublished an article by Dr. Henry Heimlich outlining a better method for aiding choking victims. Instead of the prevailing method of backslaps (whichmerely pushed foreign objects farther into the airways), Dr. Heimlich advocated subdiaphragmatic pressure to force objects out. Three months later, the method was dubbed the Heimlich Maneuver by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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