Oxygen and Everest

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MR. ODELL'S interesting letter1 re-emphasises conclusions drawn from the Everest expeditions as to the value of oxygen breathing apparatus and upholds the importance of acclimatisation. He states that acclimatisation at 27,000–28,000 feet should be aimed at, and then oxygen used for the last 1000 feet of ascent. As it takes weeks for the party to reach 27,000 feet, experiments in pressure chambers conducted on normal men for a few hours' duration are of no significance. We know, however, that natives do not go and live in the summer months above 18,000 feet, and the question arises whether it is the altitude or the extent of the pastures which sets this limit.

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    NATURE, 128, 1037 Dec. 19, 1931.

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HILL, L. Oxygen and Everest. Nature 129, 93–94 (1932) doi:10.1038/129093b0

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