LEON S. GOTTLIEB, M.D.
Toward the close of the eighteenth century, the discovery of oxygen and other gases induced enthusiasts to anticipate favorable results in pulmonary disease from the inhalation of various gases. Outstanding among the early investigators exploring this new mode of therapy was Thomas Beddoes, of Bristol, England. Beddoes envisioned for the treatment of lung ailments the founding of a Pneumatic Institution that would consist of a hospital, clinic, and a scientific laboratory for the investigation of "factitious airs." Materially implemented by philanthropic friends, Beddoes' plans were finally realized, and at Clifton, overlooking the town of Bristol, the Pneumatic Institution was established.
GOTTLIEB LS. Thomas Beddoes, M.D., and the Pneumatic Institution at Clifton, 1798-1801. Ann Intern Med. 1965;63:530–533. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-63-3-530
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1965;63(3):530-533.
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