A chamber in which the oxygen content could be maintained at levels as high as three times that in the air, ca. 1920
Courtesy of The Rockefeller Archive Center
A new venture in human physiology and treatment—a chamber in which the oxygen content could be maintained at levels as high as three times that in the air—was devised by William C. Stadie. He established the efficacy of long-term, continuous administration of oxygen under controlled conditions. Although this therapy did not change the fundamental course of the infection, by preventing death from poor oxygenation during the active infection and recovery phase, more patients were likely to survive. Stadie's oxygen chamber provided the basis for modern oxygen therapy.