Scientists in Pittsburgh are fooling around with reanimation and reviving the dead. It starts small, reviving totally, clinically dead dogs. The dead canine blood is replaced with a hypothermic oxygenated saline solution. Three hours later, the dogs blood is reintroduced, and they are revived with en electric shock. Hopeful scientists at the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research declare the process can be used on humans within a year.
Pittsburgh. Reanimated Corpses. The Zombie Holocaust.
Except this time, its not a movie.
Naturally, there are great medical benefits of prolonging death. It grants doctors more time to operate and save patients, but there remains a great unpredictable factor of bodily decay and brain rot associated with reanimating patients, even in a closely controlled setting. Even some of the dogs have suffered permanent damage.
I’m sorry, this center for reanimation is in fucking Pittsburgh. PITTSBURGH. Consistently the site of Hollywood zombie outbreaks, attacks, apocalypses, sightings, feasts and record-setting zombie mall walks. Those poor inhabitants of Monroeville, PA can ususally be found stumbling about in various states of decay and death, either at the mall, in the parking lot, or shambling the eight miles from the Safar Center for Zombie Creation.
The experiment bears a frightening similarity to that of Communist Russian scientists in the 1930’s that experimented with reanimating and sustaining life in severed dogs heads, as well as attaching multiple heads to single bodies. Surely this kind of practice cannot publicly be performed today, yet dogs remain an abundant and useful test subject for reanimation and resuscitation practices. A controversial communist Russia film was released in 1943 to American scientists. The video shows Reds working on a reanimated severed dogs head hooked up to an Autojektor, one of the first artificial hearts used to maintain life.
From Time Magazine, Monday, Nov. 22, 1943:
The autojector, a relatively simple machine, has a vessel (the “lung”) in which blood is supplied with oxygen, a pump that circulates the oxygenated blood through the arteries, another pump that takes blood from the veins back to the “lung” for more oxygen. Two other dogs on whom the experiment was performed in 1939 (were still alive four years later). The autojector can also keep a dog’s heart beating outside its body, has kept a decapitated dog’s head alive for hours—the head cocked its ears at a noise and licked its chops when citric acid was smeared on them. But the machine is incapable of reviving a whole dog more than about 15 minutes after its blood is drained—body cells then begin to disintegrate.
I’ll post the entire film with review and notes later. Here’s a short, distrubing excerpt.
Safar Center scientists, it would seem, are filling in the gaps left in these grizzly experiments performed over 60 years ago. It’s the same thing — killing and reviving dogs in the name of science — but the end results can have strange, perhaps undead outcomes. How long can a dog remain dead? Can half a dog be reanimated? How long before the brain is damaged to a feral, bad-dog state?
Zombie dogs are really freaking hard to kill as evidenced in say, Wolfenstein, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. or any other video game for that matter. Heck, even mean, fully live dogs are hard to deal with — deranged reanimated hounds from the depths of science hell are something that should never be fooled with.
- Weekend of the living dead: Zombies return to the Monroeville Mall
- Boffins create zombie dogs
- NY Times: Zombie Dogs
- Safar Center for Resuscitation Research
- Film – Russian Scientists Reanimate Dead Dogs – and severed heads
- Experiments in the Revival of Organisms – Creepy 1939 Russian real Undead Film
- Red Research into reanimating severed dogs heads – Time responds to the Red Zombie film