Medicine: Saner Under Water

To the fancier of phobias, batho-to claustro-to thanato-, life aboard a submarine seems designed to drive a man out of his mind. Sealed inside a steel prison, the submariner is bored stiff for weeks at a time. His air comes out of a machine; his sun is a light bulb. And in a few swift seconds of combat he may meet a fate that the rest of the world knows only as a statistic.

Yet submariners are among the happiest military men alive. Last week Navy captain Harry J. Alvis told the American College...

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