Dr. Carl A.L. Binger '10, honorary consultant in Psychiatry to the University Health Services, died Monday at his home in Cambridge at the age of 86. Binger pioneered the development of oxygen therapy and of oxygen tents for patients suffering from lung disease.
Most of Binger's later research was in the field of psychosomatic medicine, concerning the causes of hypertension and ulcers.
Dr. Jack R. Ewalt, Bullard Professor of Psychiatry, said yesterday that Binger's role in psychiatry was crucial because he was active in founding international mental health groups.
Binger was also a founder of the American Psychosomatic Society, and served as its president in 1963-64. He edited its publication, Psychosomatic Medicine, from 1947 to 1962.
Binger wrote "The Doctor's Job," "Revolutionary Doctor, Benjamin Rush, 1746-1813," "The Two Faces of Medicine," and "Thomas Jefferson, A Well-Tempered Mind."