Therapeutics: Operating Under Pressure

The high pressure with which deep-sea divers and tunnel workers must contend has always been a source of danger, but now physicians and surgeons on both sides of the Atlantic are deliberately subjecting their patients to deep-sea pressures to save their lives. As testament to the success of this paradoxical treatment, "blue babies" are turning a healthy pink even before the end of operations. Seemingly hopeless cases of carbon monoxide poisoning and of gas gangrene (a deadly infection) are pulling through.

The Sooner the Better. One of the first of the pressure pioneers, Amsterdam's Dr. Ite Boerema (pronounced Boor-uh-muh), did his...

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