The Evolution of Medical Ethics

High Altitude

High Altitude Experimentation

The purpose of this experiment was to test the limits of human endurance and existence at high altitudes with and without oxygen. The experiment was designed to duplicate the conditions that a German pilot might encounter in combat. When being shot down, a pilot might fall great distances through space without a parachute and without a source of oxygen.

The experimenter would lock the victim into an airtight, low-pressure chamber--provided by the German Air Force-- and would change the pressure to be up to 68 thousand feet in order to mimic the flier's descent.

This experiment was extremely dangerous and many people died due to the extreme changes in pressure.


A subject has blacked out during the experiment

A victim during a high altitude experiment.

Another subject blacks out during the experimental procedure.


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