Sport: The Challenge

A drunkenness known as nitrogen narcosis is a factor of diving physiology. The first stage is a mild anesthesia, a gaseous attack on the central nervous system. It destroys the instinct for life.

—from The Silent World,

by Captain J. Y. Cousteau

All of his life, Hope Root loved the sea. A vigorous, barrel-chested (5 ft. 5 in., 170 lbs.) Miami lawyer, Root spent his spare time in or on the water, fishing, boating and swimming. Three years ago he discovered the new sport of skin diving with an Aqua-Lung. He discovered the thrill of...

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