chapter  29
Domiciliary oxygen therapy Jan Zieliski
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Oxygen was discovered independently by three scientists: Joseph Priestley, Wilhelm Scheele and Antoine Lavoisier.1,2

Priestley, in his experiment performed on 1 August 1774, was the first person to breathe this pure ‘dephlogisticated air’ and subsequently remarked ‘Who can tell but that in time this pure air may become a fashionable article of luxury’.1 Shortly after Lavoisiere named the gas, oxygène. Two hundred years later, thanks to technologic progress, oxygen has become a widely used lifesaving drug.