Medicine: Scuba Hazards

Man, designed by nature to plod the surface of the earth and occasionally to flounder in the uppermost layer of its waterways, gets into trouble when he tries to go either up or down. The medical hazards of high-altitude flying have long been studied. Until recently, the corresponding dangers of the deep have been the private preserve of Navy "diving doctors" working with submariners and deep-sea divers. Now, with the craze for skindiving, with Aqua-Lungs, snorkels and similar gadgets sold in the corner store, civilian doctors are daily confronted with unfamiliar problems. In...

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