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May 25, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(21):2140. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810210072031

To the Editor:—  In The Journal of February 24 Dr. H. M. Weyrauch Jr. and Drs. F. B. Walsh and H. K. Goldberg report instances of air embolism which were not immediately fatal. It is precisely in these circumstances that the inhalation of 100 per cent oxygen is indicated for the rapid absorption of the nitrogen blocking the arteries and capillaries. This should serve to restore function more quickly and perhaps avert death. The basis for this view can be found in the literature on the modern treatment of caisson disease and in the following articles: