Medicine: Carbon Dioxide for Breath

Yale's robustious, tweedy Professor Yandell Henderson last week recapitulated his researches on lungs. Because Professor Henderson has emphasized the function of carbon dioxide in breathing, post- operative pneumonia may often be prevented, and newborn infants need no longer die when they cannot cry vigorously enough to ventilate their lungs.

The lungs are a pair of sponges through which oxygen passes from the air into the blood. The oxygen rides with the red cells of the blood through the arteries to every part of the body. Life is a...

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