This note accompanies the follow episode(s):
The Writer’s Almanac for June 1, 2017: My Father, Dying

June 1, 2017: on this day: Henry Jay Heimlich publishes his “Heimlich Maneuver”

On this day in 1974Henry Jay Heimlich published his “Heimlich Maneuver” in the Journal of Emergency Medicine. The article was called “Pop Goes the Café Coronary.” Less than three weeks later, the maneuver was used successfully in a restaurant in Bellevue, Washington. As of 2006, the American Red Cross recommends the “five and five” approach: five sharp blows to the back, followed by five abdominal thrusts if the back blows are not effective.