March 24, 2013The Hon. John Boyce MPMinister of HealthFrank Walcott BuildingCulloden RoadSt. MichaelBarbadosDear Mr. Boyce:My understanding is that as a result of the recent general election, you've replaced Donville Innis asMinister of Health. In a January 5 e-mail, Mr. Inniss invited me to submit a formal inquiry regardingthe “Heimlich maneuver for asthma” medical study that reportedly was conducted using 67 Barbadoschildren between the ages of six and 16 as research subjects about ten years ago. In response, I senthim a February 12 letter with questions regarding the matter which isposted on my blog,
.This is to respectfully request that you review the following information and provide me with answersto the questions that follow. Pleaseclick this link to download a text-searchable pdf file consisting of 156 pages of chronologically-arranged documents about the study which came from the University of Cincinnati Health SciencesLibrary's Henry J. Heimlich Archival Collection.
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Per pages three and four, in July 1999 my father -- Henry J. Heimlich MD -- attempted to conduct a“Heimlich maneuver for asthma” study at Deaconess Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, but he was refusedpermission by the hospital's Institutional Review Board. According to the documents, a few years laterhe made arrangements to conduct the study in Barbados.Participating institutions included Queen Elizabeth Hospital(Barbados), the Rotary Club of Barbados
South,the Rotary Foundation of Cincinnati, and the Heimlich Institute, a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Deaconess Associations Inc. of Cincinnati.Per the documents, the study was funded by the Rotary Foundation of Cincinnati and the HeimlichInstitute. It's unclear if the Rotary Club of Barbados South also provided funding.In a September 8, 2002 e-mail (p. 63-64), Dr. Charles N. Edwards of Queen Elizabeth Hospital wrote:
One of the 3 paeditricians
at my office is also an allergist and is exceedingly interested indoing the Heimlich manoevre
study jointly with me. We have drawn up a pilot protocol. It would have to be approved by the Ministry of Health's Ethics committee.
1Page one of the file is an Instrument of Gift dated February 16, 2011 describing the donation of thedocuments. Pages 153-156 were obtained via the Internet.2All yellow-highlighting on the documents was done by me.