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Anesthesiology Reflections from the Wood Library-Museum  |   February 2013
Starkey’s Compound Oxygen as a Hygienic for Ailments Chronic
Author Affiliations
  • George S. Bause, M.D., M.P.H.
    Honorary Curator, ASA’s Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology, Park Ridge, Illinois, and Clinical Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. UJYC@aol.com.
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Anesthesiology Reflections from the Wood Library-Museum
Anesthesiology Reflections from the Wood Library-Museum   |   February 2013
Starkey’s Compound Oxygen as a Hygienic for Ailments Chronic
Anesthesiology 02 2013, Vol.118, 247. doi:10.1097/ALN.0b013e3182867a10
Anesthesiology 02 2013, Vol.118, 247. doi:10.1097/ALN.0b013e3182867a10
Following Quaker schooling in Rhode Island and college in his native Maine, George Rogers Starkey (1823–1896) graduated from the Homeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1855. By 1869 frail health forced Starkey to abandon teaching anatomy and surgery at his medical alma mater, which had since been renamed Hahnemann Medical College. As a general cure for chronic diseases, the “Compound Oxygen” he peddled would evolve from the inhaling of dilute concentrations of nitrous oxide to the imbibing of bottled aqueous nitrate solutions of ammonia and lead. Delighted to sell his Compound to both homeopaths and allopaths, Starkey considered Compound Oxygen as a system of hygiene supplementing whatever other physicians prescribed. (Copyright © the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Inc.)