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Hyperbaric research—the administration of oxygen at superatmospheric pressure—has caught the imagination of physicians, patients and newsmen in recent months. Nationwide publicity was given to the treatment of three tetanus victims in a recompression tank at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights (Medical News, September 15, 1962, advertising pages 35-37).
Recently, another Chicago-area hospital, Lutheran General in Park Ridge, used an animal research hyperbaric tank in an unsuccessful attempt to save the life of a "blue baby." Two other similarly affected infants underwent surgery following tank treatment and survived.
Although publicity in the lay press has concentrated on the speculative possibility of treating humans in hyperbaric chambers, the research concept is not particularly new. A number of small animal research tanks have been in use throughout the nation.
But within one year, hyperbaric research will be taking a large step forward, jumping from animals to humans and from makeshift equipment to
$500,000 Hyperbaric Chamber Will Be Erected in Minneapolis. JAMA. 1962;182(8):NP–34. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050470069028
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