History of Hyperbaric Oxygen
- 1620 Cornelius Drebbel developed a one-atmosphere diving bell (forerunner of modern submarines)
- 1662 Henshaw used compressed air for the treatment of pulmonary disease
- 1670 Boyle gave the first description of decompression phenomenon
- 1837 Pravaz of France constructed largest hyperbaric chamber of that time to treat a variety of aliments
- 1921 Orville J. Cunningham built a hyperbaric chamber in Lawrence, Kansas used to treat a variety of aliments
- 1928 Cunningham builds the largest chamber in the world in Cleveland.
- 1935 Behnke showed that nitrogen is the cause of narcosis in humans subjected to compressed air above 4 ATA
- 1943 Cousteau constructed aqua lung
- 1967 Undersea Medical Society founded in the USA. Now known as the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.
- 1974 Sechrist Industries, Inc. developed the first monoplace hyperbaric chamber of widespread use
Instrumental in the modern practice of hyperbaric oxygen therapy are Drs. Boerema, Churchill-Davidson, and Bernhard for the treatment of gas gangrene, radiation therapy, and congenital heart defects, respectively.
Last updated 1/18/97
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