Scientist to Make Bold Attempt to Revive Human Dead (Feb, 1935)

This is scary. I love how the fact that no one will give him dead bodies to resurrect is referred to as his “predicament”.

Scientist to Make Bold Attempt to Revive Human Dead

DR. ROBERT E. CORNISH, young California scientist who astounded the nation by bringing the dead dog, Lazarus, back to life, is now preparing to repeat his experiment using human subjects.

He has petitioned the governors of the three states, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada to furnish him with the bodies of criminals after they are pronounced dead in the lethal gas chambers — but his petitions have been rejected on various grounds.

Hearing of his predicament, approximately fifty people, interested both in science and possible remuneration, have offered themselves as subjects. According to Dr. Cornish, most of those offering themselves for “clinical” death are single men. One man from Kansas, in offering himself as a subject stated he considered $300,000 a fair price for the risk involved.

  1. stupideverything says: July 20, 20064:51 pm

    […] Craig found this site the other day, and it’s full of hilarious old articles from popular mechanics – from the 40s and 30s.  Worth wasting some time at, for sure.  For example, check this out … or even this one.  I wonder if society will look back on us in 50-60 years and think the same thing? No Comments so far Leave a comment RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI Leave a comment Line and paragraph breaks automatic, e-mail address never displayed, HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong> […]

  2. Joseph says: June 12, 20086:13 pm

    Ermmm (cough cough)….Zombies (cough cough).
    Actually, didn’t they try this with some special radiation from a space probe that returned from Venus?

  3. Kenneth Wright says: May 14, 20115:51 pm

    In the 1930s and 1940s there was a whole cycle of eerie and morbid Hollywood chillers on the theme of reviving the dead. Many starred Boris Karloff as a mad scientist, but one that didn’t was Supernatural (1933), in which another meddler in Things We Were Never Meant To Know realises Dr Cornish’s ambition of being allowed to experiment on an executed criminal. It’s a poor film, but the scene in which the boffin attempts to re-animate the dead body by electricity is memorably sick and strange.

    In popular culture, this period seems to have been the high-water-mark of interest in the subject of defeating or by-passing death by scientific or other means (spiritualism, etc). I dare say the Depression, the mass slaughter of the First World War and the ‘flu pandemic, and the almost magical progress of contemporary science and medicine all had something to do with it.

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