The Art of Medicine with Dr. Andrew Wilner

Fighting for Air: One man's commitment to help babies breathe

March 05, 2023 Andrew Wilner, MD Season 1 Episode 80
The Art of Medicine with Dr. Andrew Wilner
Fighting for Air: One man's commitment to help babies breathe
Show Notes

Welcome to The Art of Medicine, the program that explores the arts, business, and clinical aspects of the practice of medicine! I’m your host, Dr. Andrew Wilner. 

On this program, I love to speak with physicians who have made important contributions to medical practice and with physician authors. My guest today, Dr. Ola Saugstad, fits both of these categories. 

Dr. Saugstad is a pediatrician and neonatologist. He decided early in his career to investigate ways to help the most vulnerable of patients, newborn infants. He challenged the standard practice of administering 100% oxygen to all newborns who struggled to breathe, recognizing that too much oxygen could be harmful. It took decades of research into the pathophysiology of neonatal hypoxia for the medical community to accept his conclusions and incorporate them into practice guidelines. The result? Hundreds of thousands of babies worldwide are saved every year!

Dr. Saugstad relates his story in the engaging memoir, “Fighting for Air.” This new book is a fascinating read for those interested in the obstacles an independent thinker like Dr. Saugstad faced when challenging the status quo. It also provides a valuable behind-the-scenes look at scientific research.

To contact Dr. Saugstad, please call Dea Shandera-Hunter at 747.239.1715 or

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