This is a reminder of the news from this month in 2005.
US scientists at the Papa Doc Duvalier Center for Reanimation Studies* are celebrating ground-breaking research during which they successfully raised dogs from the grave after several hours of “clinical death”. According to news.com.au, the technique involves draining the blood and replacing it with a saline solution a couple of degrees above zero. The body temperature drops to around 7°C, provoking a cessation of breathing, heart and brain activity and rendering the subject officially dead.
Naturally, there is some perfectly legitimate science behind all this. The team reckons the technique could be used to temporarily suspend battlefield casualties, during which surgeons could repair the damage before jump-starting the bewildered grunt. One unnamed army doc enthused: “The results are stunning. I think in 10 years we will be able to prevent death in a certain segment of those using this technology.”
The scientists plan to reanimate a human subject within a year.