WILL & DENI MCINTYRE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY WILL & DENI MCINTYRE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Emergency resuscitation of a patient whose heart has stopped beating rhythmically (cardiac arrest). The member of hospital staff at left is holding metal defibrillator plates. These plates are put onto the patient's chest and an electric current passed through them to shock the randomly-beating muscle fibres of the heart into contracting in a coordinated way. Photographed in the USA.
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