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I read with interest Alice Gordenker’s column about the legal change that permits laypeople in Japan to operate the automated external defibrillator (AED), and the installation of AEDs in public places (“So what the heck is that?” April 17).

However, the article did not address what I consider the most important question: Has a layman ever successfully operated the AED to save someone’s life? Placing the units in public places is certainly big business for AED manufacturers, but I wonder whether this money could be better spent on other public health measures.

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