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May 8, 1926

THE THERAPEUTIC USE OF OXYGEN

JAMA. 1926;86(19):1455-1456. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670450047015
Abstract

The use of gaseous oxygen for therapeutic purposes, while not a novelty, has fallen into apparent disrepute and consequent disuse. The oxygen cylinder of two decades ago is no longer seen at the bedside of those who are desperately ill. This outcome is due in part to a changed view with respect to the functions of oxygen. The theory of "suboxidation" in the body has undergone some radical revisions. Yet there can be little doubt that anoxemia is an actual possibility in human practice. It may occur after hemorrhage and in anemia; it may follow the restriction of a free influx of air into the lungs; and it is a demonstrable symptom in many cases of lobar pneumonia. Under such circumstances the menace of inadequate "arterialization" of the blood occurs with a consequent burden on the cardiorespiratory and central nervous systems. There is accordingly a rational basis for administration of

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