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1913 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)  
1 to <S millions of red corpuscles per cubic millimeter instead of the customary 5 millions. The same facts have since been observed over and over again. But how are they to be interpreted? Are we confronted, in this interesting finding at higher altitudes and their accompanying rarefied atmospheres, with an actual new formation of corpuscles? If so, this is a unique illustration of the adaptive response of the organism to the necessities imposed by the diminished oxygen tension. This
more » ... ion. This interpretation of the blood phenomena of altitude proposed by its earliest investigators has been assailed from time to time by subsequent students of the subject. The objections interposed are themselves of interest because they suggest still other features of the effect of rarefied atmospheres and also modify our views as to the therapeutic possibilities of residence at higher altitudes. Thus it has been maintained thai the greater
doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350040050020 fatcat:7befqwfg7rauxplhi3lxu2ypou