For French-speaking countries ”Réanimation” is the equivalent of critical care or intensive care in English-speaking countries. This new field aims at monitoring the internal functions of an incapacitated patient during the critical time of his or her acute disease. Hence, its field has a broader scope than resuscitation, the goal of which is to bring life back to an apparently dead person. As early as 1954, at the Claude Bernard Hospital in Paris, we French doctors adopted this new term for lack of another as simple and expressive. Today it is widely used in France.


Dead Person Gaseous Embolism Passive Euthanasia Incapacitate Patient Brain Stem Reflex 


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© Springer-Verlag Italia 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Goulon
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  1. 1.Paris V UniversityParisFrance

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