History:

In the early 1900s, Orville Cunningham noticed that people with some heart diseases did better if they lived closer to sea level than at high altitudes. He successfully treated a colleague with influenza who was near death due to lung restriction. He later developed a hyperbaric chamber. After his attempts to use HBOT for treatment of other conditions failed, his method was abandoned and his chamber was scrapped.

Afterwards, in the 1940’s, the military created and used hyperbaric chambers to treat deep-sea divers who suffered from decompression sickness. In the 1950’s, HBOT was used during heart and lung surgery. In the 1960’s, HBOT was used for carbon monoxide poisoning, and it has since been studied and used for a number of health-related applications.

References:

American College of Hyperbaric Medicine at http://www.achm.org/

Clinical trial listing by medical areas at http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/

HBOT online at http://www.hbot.com/ (Brain, adults)

International Hyperbaric Medical Association at http://www.hyperbaricmedicalfoundation.org/              

International Hyperbaric Association at http://www.ihausa.org/


MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Support network (children with brain damage support group) at http://www.netnet.net/mums/


On-line evidence based hyperbaric oxygen therapy at http://hyperbariclink.com/

The Hyperbaric Therapy Center at http://www.hypertc.com/index.cfm (Brain, children)

Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society at http://membership.uhms.org/