Doctors Are About to Start Human Trials for Suspended Animation

After years of sci-fi-inspired fantasies about the technique, a team of doctors in Pittsburgh are finally ready to start testing out a procedure that involves putting patients in a state of “suspended animation” while they repair their injuries. Put bluntly, they’re going to kill people and bring them back to life…

"After we did the first experiments, the definition of ‘dead’ changed," Rhee told The New Scientist. "Every day at work I declare people dead. They have no signs of life, no heartbeat, no brain activity. I sign a piece of paper knowing in my heart that they are not actually dead. I could, right then and there, suspend them."

"The Gas Chamber at Seaford," Frederick Varley


I can’t find a source confirming it, but from its color the gas is probably chlorine, which was actually used in training. By late in the war it was understood that the terror effect of gas was potentially much greater than its effectiveness really justified, so the risk of mishap was considered worthwhile.