Frank Pantridge

Japanese Prisoner of War and Inventor of the Portable Defibrillator

Cecil Lowry

Countless thousands of men and women around the world have good reason to be thankful that Frank Partridge survived three and a half years of brutal Japanese captivity. Had he not, they too probability would have died too.

This stirring biography reveals the full story of a remarkable man who survived against the odds to save countless lives.
Date Published :
December 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
16 black and white illustrations
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526777331

Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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Overview
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Countless thousands of men and women around the world have good reason to be thankful that Frank Partridge survived three and a half years of brutal Japanese captivity. Had he not, they too would in all probability have died too.

Taken prisoner at the fall of Singapore in February 1942, Frank was forced to endure appalling deprivation. Conditions on the Burma railway were notorious and the death rate was horrendous.

On returning to Belfast in late 1945 Frank specialized in heart diseases. Convinced that the prompt application of electric shock after cardiac arrest could save lives he reasoned that ventricular defibrillation should be applied not just in hospitals but in the workplace, the home, the street or ambulance.

His first ‘portable’ defibrillator was produced in 1965 and over the intervening years evolved into the compact units so prevalent today. The importance of Partridge’s invention was well demonstrated when US President Lyndon B Johnston’s life was saved in 1972.

This stirring biography reveals the full story of a remarkable man who survived against the odds to save countless lives.

About The Author
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Born in Northern Ireland two and a half years after the end of the war with Japan, Cecil Lowry is the son of Hugh Lowry, who was a private in the East Surrey Regiment and a Far East Prisoner of war from February 1942 until August 1945.

Cecil spent his career in Sports management before retiring from his post as Assistant Director of Sport at the University of Manchester in 2002 to concentrate on writing. This is his third book, following successes with No Mercy from the Japanese, A Survivor’s account of the Thai/Burma Railway and the Hellships in 2008 and Two Years of Tenko, Life as a 16 year old in a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp in 2015.

Cecil lives in Stockport and has two sons and two grandchildren. His two grandchildren are unique in that they have two great grandfathers who were Far East Prisoners of War.

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