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July 15, 1922


JAMA. 1922;79(3):219-220. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640030045016

The latest news from the Mount Everest Expedition records an ascent by Capt. Geoffrey Bruce and George Finch to an altitude of 27,200 feet. At this point they were only 1,941 feet below the summit. It is stated in the New York Times that the mountaineers just mentioned climbed only 400 feet higher than Mallory, Somewell and Norton did on May 21 without oxygen. The latter group broke the record of the Duke of the Abruzzi made on Bride's Peak, which was 24,600 feet. From a physiologic standpoint alone, these are stupendous personal feats. The passive ascent by railway to the top of Pike's Peak at an altitude of only 14,110 feet is productive of noticeable physiologic reactions and, in some persons, of symptoms of respiratory distress. Strauch,9 who has received the experiences of early explorers with mountain sickness, calls attention to the fact that this malady befalls some