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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 350-352

John Scott Haldane: The father of oxygen therapy


1 Department of Anesthesiology, Anil Neerukonda Institute of Medical Sciences, Sangivalasa, Bheemili, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Director, Anesthesia and Critical Care, Care Emergency Hospital, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Prof. K C Sekhar
Anil Neerukonda Institute of Medical Sciences, Sangivalasa, Visakhapatnam - 531 162, Andhra Pradesh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5049.135087

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John Scott Haldane was a versatile genius who solved several problems of great practical significance. His ability to look beyond the laboratory and investigate theory added crucial findings in the field of respiratory physiology. His work on high altitude physiology, diving physiology, oxygen therapy, and carbon monoxide poisoning led to a sea change in clinical medicine and improved safety and reduced mortality and morbidity in many high risk situations.


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