Nathan Zuntz

His Life and Work in the Fields of High Altitude Physiology and Aviation Medicine


  • Hanns-Christian Gunga, Professor, Institut fur Physiologie, Charite Universitatsmedizin, Berlin, Germany

This book focuses on the life and work of Nathan Zuntz (1847-1920), a German physiologist, who made significant contributions to high altitude physiology and aviation medicine. He achieved fame for his invention of the Zuntz-Geppert respiratory apparatus in 1886 and the first treadmill (Laufband) in 1889. He also invented an X-ray apparatus to observe cardiac changes during exercise and constructed a climate chamber to study exercise under varying and sometimes extreme climates.
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Physiologists and researchers working in aviation medicine plus anyone interested in the history of medicine.


Book information

  • Published: December 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-374740-2

Table of Contents

IntroductionBiographyScientific WorkOn the Development of AviationConclusionsLists of Works by Nathan ZuntzAppendix List of SourcesBibliography