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June 15, 1889

LETTER FROM NEW YORK.

JAMA. 1889;XII(24):861-863. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401010033013

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Abstract

(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)  American Academy of Medicine—Dr. W. Gilman Thompson's Paper on the Therapeutic Value of Oxygen.At the last meeting of the Academy of Medicine Dr. W. Gilman Thompson read a paper on The Therapeutic Value of Oxygen, and in connection with it gave a demonstration of the effects of high pressures of oxygen upon animals. The first question he took up was whether an increased pressure really caused more oxygen to be absorbed by the system, Under any circumstances, he said, the hæmoglobin of the blood could take up but a very limited amount of oxygen, and the same was true of the blood-plasma. He pointed out the incorrectness of the old idea that animals could not live in pure oxygen, the system being burned up, as it were, by the increased tissue changes excited by it, and referred to the experiments of Dr. Andrew H. Smith

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