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“Dr. Townsend's Oxygenated Air” and “Oxygen” as a Cure for Chronic Disease

  • Haren Bodepudi
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    Resident Physician, Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 11100 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH, 44106, USA
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  • George S. Bause
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    Corresponding author at: 5247 Wilson Mills Rd, No. 282, Cleveland, OH 44143-3016.
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    Clinical Associate Professor, Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 11100 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH, 44106, USA

    Clinical Associate Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, 2124 Cornell Rd, Cleveland, OH, 44106, USA

    Honorary Curator and Laureate of the History of Anesthesia, Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology, American Society of Anesthesiologists, 1061 American Ln, Schaumburg, IL, 60173-4973, USA
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Published:March 27, 2017DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janh.2017.03.003

      Highlights

      • Edgar F. Townsend, MD, patented his nostrum “Dr. Townsend's Oxygenated Air” in 1876.
      • His panacea was peddled as a remedy for blood, kidney, heart, liver, and stomach ails.
      • A homeopath then eclectic physician, Townsend perjured and then killed himself (1898).
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