Medicine: Gases for Pneumonia

The mixture of carbon dioxide and oxygen which often will resuscitate persons shocked by electricity, may also be helpful to pneumonia patients, announced New York Edison System Electric Light Co. last week. Dr. John Jay Wittmer, the company's medical chief, used the mixture (7% carbon dioxide, 93% oxygen) on 127 pneumonia cases. Of these 42 were definitely beyond recovery. Of the remaining 85, 70 were cured, 15 died. This relative success, thought the company, warranted informing the medical profession, which might experiment more widely.

In pneumonia, exudates (blood, pus, serum, germs) accumulate...

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