HENRY HEIMLICH Biography - Famous Medicine & health care related men and women


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Heimlich was born in Wilmington, Delaware. He graduated from Cornell University         
with a B.A. in 1941, and took his M.D. from Cornell Medical College in 1943. He         
is best known for the treatment for choking named after him. However, in 2004,           
his longtime colleague, Edward A. Patrick MD, claimed to be the uncredited co-developer 
of the maneuver. Heimlich first published his findings on the use of this               
maneuver in 1974, and within a week it had been used to save a choking victim.           
Heimlich's later work has been mired in controversy and widely discredited, in           
particular his claims that AIDS, cancer, and Lyme disease can be cured by giving         
patients malaria. His promotion of the use of the Heimlich maneuver for near-drowning   
rescue and for asthma victims has been dogged by allegations of fraud.