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November 10, 1951

MAN AND THE SUBMARINE

JAMA. 1951;147(11):1028-1030. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670280030008
Abstract

Submarines have always been front page news, attributable in part to our inherent desire for vicariously experiencing danger. After a rare submarine loss the man in the street, in empathy with the submarine's crew and stimulated by flamboyant journalism, enlarges the story to imagine an unending downward plunging into the cold unknown of the ocean's depths, anticipating vague early crackles followed by crushing bedlam as steel plate wrinkles and crumples under millions of tons of sea water. But if in the man in the submarine such preoccupations should develop, he is finished as a submariner. He is properly conscious of the power and danger of friendly deep water, but his realization of the crew's reliability and his ship's integrity creates a confidence which only anxiety can disturb.

We now stand anticipating the appearance of an atomic-powered submarine, which climaxes many years of submarine development, failures, tragedies, and successes. If the

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