Second Dog Is Restored to Life (Jan, 1935)

Second Dog Is Restored to Life

ROBERT E. CORNISH, California biologist, who amazed the scientific world last spring by reviving a dog clinically put to death (Modern Mechanix and Inventions, July, 1934) recently repeated the success of his original experiment with even more encouraging results.

Lazarus IV, subject of the first successful experiment, has learned to crawl, bark, sit up on its haunches and consume nearly a pound of meat a day. The dog is blind and cannot stand alone, but results encouraged Dr. Cornish to launch a new series of experiments.

Recently Lazarus V was put to death with an overdose of ether. Half an hour after its breathing had stopped and five minutes after its heart was stilled, the animal was revived by means of chemicals and artificial respiration. Dr. Cornish, enthusiastic, has been reported as saying that Lazarus V returned nearer normalcy in four days than the other Lazarus in thirteen days.

  1. Butch R. Cleaver says: July 27, 20069:04 am

    Hi there,

    I’ve really been enjoying your blog…espcially since we produce a 50s themed host show for various cable and online venues. You’ve got some great stuff here!

    I did want to comment on the revival story, since Prelinger Archives (an open source for archival films) actually has an old 1940s short called the

    Experiments in the Revival of Organisms.…

    It is not for the squeamish or the hardcore animal lover as it shows in graphic detail how Russian scientists used artificial respirators and recycled blood to bring dogs (and dog parts) back to life. A fascinating short!

    Butch R. Cleaver

  2. Rufus Defibaugh says: November 2, 200812:16 pm

    Ever since the “science” of galvanism, I have been studying greatly into the research of Cornish and Robert J. White, as well as that of the Russian scientists who used oxygenated chemicals in the blood of dogs to revive them from the dead. The advances in science are getting all the more closer to that age old tale of Prometheus Unbound. What the alchemists dreamed of over a thousand years before, are occuring all the time today (invetro-fertilization; among other things). IF only Mary Shelley was alive today to see that the world is full of Victor Frankenstein’s, but its only been until recently that the public has learned of experiments done over 75 years ago.

  3. blokeice says: December 17, 200911:58 am

    this is still a LONG way off from bringing humans back to life. As the experiment indicates, there is some degree of brain damage after the revival which in a human would be amplified as we rely more on the full functioning of our brains than dogs or many other less complex animals. Anyway, teh clinical definition of dead has been changed since then. Death is now defined as when your brain stops functioning. At that point there really is no return without profound damage. Even with the most advanced technology that we can imagine today, there is no way of restoring dead neurons, so even if you were able to bring someone back to life even if their brain had stopped working for a few seconds, they would most likely be in a coma or semiconscious at best.

  4. susan lederer says: September 14, 201010:53 am

    Do you own the copyright for Modern Mechanix? I ask because I wanted to use the photo of Robert Cornish and Lazarus for a teaching project for the National Library of Medicine.

  5. Charlie says: September 14, 201011:25 am

    Susan: No I don’t. As far as I know the copyright on MM has lapsed.

  6. Firebrand38 says: September 14, 201012:41 pm

    susan lederer: If this helps from its debut in 1928, it went through a number of name changes, being called at various points, Home Mechanix, Modern Mechanics and Inventions, Modern Mechanix and Inventions, Modern Mechanix and finally Mechanix Illustrated. It was published by Fawcett Publications which has spun to the four winds.

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