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Claude Schaeffer was born in Shamokin. Pennsylvania back in 1894. He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins and in 1924 became the surgical resident at the Case Western Reserve University. He remained there until his death. It is however, what he accomplished there that will forever go down in the history books. Let me tell you about his accomplishments, if you have a minute or two. His first accomplishment was developing a technique to implant some pectoral muscle in the pericardium, which provided additional source of circulation. Ground-breaking in his time. He also developed a technique in which he created a vein graft between the aorta and coronary sinus.

However, can you tell me what he is most noted for? Well it seems back in 1947 he had been operating on a 14-year-old boy when towards the end of the surgery his heart stopped. He reopened the boy’s chest and began heart massage for 45 minutes. He had designed a device that is used widely even to this day which was built by his friend James Rand. Anyway he used this device and successfully restarted the boys heart. The boy (don’t have a name) fully recovered. Maybe just maybe you’ve hear of this device, it’s called a defibrillator. That’s right he designed the first useable defibrillator. Sadly he died of a massive stroke in 1971.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning James Dray and so many have been blessed to have this piece of equipment available to them....

Jun 25, 2016 09:29 PM #1
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing this information.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Jun 25, 2016 09:35 PM #2
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Wow, speak of a great invention and then the irony of dying of a stroke.  Poor Claude.

Jun 25, 2016 09:53 PM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What an intersting story and a brilliant guy.

Jun 25, 2016 10:03 PM #4
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

That's quite a story James - the friend Rand - is that THE Rand of the Corp?

Jun 25, 2016 10:15 PM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Familiar with the device, but sadly, once again, not Claude! Enjoy your day! May need a defibrillator if I ever get one again!

Jun 25, 2016 10:26 PM #6
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Unfamiliar with Claude and the device should be learned by more people.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jun 25, 2016 11:34 PM #7
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello James

Very interesting history about Claude and his invention.

Jun 26, 2016 05:52 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Great story, and now it is standard equipment on ambulances, etc.  What an amazing man Claude was.  A

Jun 26, 2016 09:40 AM #9
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I've been watching a show about a heroin addicted brilliant doctor in a New York hospital who performed ground-breaking operations in the early part of the 20th Century, and it's simply astounding. It's called The Knick. Have you seen it?

Jun 26, 2016 10:51 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- so many owe this man quite a bit! What a brilliant man!

Jun 26, 2016 12:06 PM #11
Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

How interesting!  Great inventions of the last century are now every day items.

Jun 26, 2016 04:56 PM #12
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning James. Pretty ironic the way he died, but his contributions will live on and improved upon over time.

Jun 26, 2016 07:05 PM #13
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

He did a lot to help so many with his invention. Thanks for sharing this story, James. 

Jun 27, 2016 11:07 AM #14
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