(Boston, Mass.) -- Physicians have long known that putting a patient with compromised breathing onto a ventilator is a double-edged sword. While the mechanical device undeniably prolongs life by breathing for the patient, it also can damage delicate lung tissue, and over time the ventilator's effectiveness in delivering oxygen to the blood may be considerably diminished.
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