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12:55 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Heimlich Maneuver Namesake Pens Memoir

The 94-year-old Cincinnati surgeon who wrote the book on saving choking victims through his namesake Heimlich maneuver has now penned a new book. 

Dr. Henry Heimlich hopes his recently published autobiography ensures that the procedure that made his name a household word will be used correctly.  The maneuver has drawn praise and gratitude from those who have used or been saved by it.  But not all health organizations agree with Heimlich on how it should be used. And some of his other ideas such as using malaria injections to treat AIDS have drawn sharp criticism. Heimlich's son, Peter, has written a blog for several years attempting to discredit his father's fame. 

Radiolab also produced this episode on Dr. Heimlich last year.