Historical highlights of long-term oxygen therapy

Respir Care. 2000 Jan;45(1):29-36; discussion 36-8.


The story of the development of oxygen and its role in mitigating the ravages of chronic stable hypoxemia have been fascinating. Today, over one million Americans receive home oxygen each day, usually for COPD, from one of the three available systems. The future requires less expensive, highly portable, and practical devices for use during all activities of daily living.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Care / history
  • Exercise Tolerance / physiology
  • Hemodynamics
  • History, 18th Century
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Long-Term Care / history
  • Lung Diseases, Obstructive / history
  • Lung Diseases, Obstructive / therapy
  • Oxygen Inhalation Therapy / history*
  • Oxygen Inhalation Therapy / instrumentation