Carbon Dioxide Transport

  • John W. Severinghaus
Part of the Topics In Environmental Physiology And Medicine book series (TEPHY)


We learned yesterday of the healthy sexual effect of CO2 on the hydra, converting the creature from homosexuality, or reproduction by sporting, into heterosexuality. Perhaps the CO2 effect was put in its true perspective best by Piet Hein in his book called Hint and Suggestion: “The human spirit sublimates the impulses it thwarts. A healthy sex life mitigates the lust for other sports.” I suppose that’s a CO2 transport of delight.


Minimum Alveolar Concentration Anesthetic Effect Intracellular Fluid Anesthetic Potency Narcotic Effect 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John W. Severinghaus
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  1. 1.University of California Medical CenterSan FranciscoUSA

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