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June 9, 1956

Proceedings of the Underwater Physiology Symposium, January 10-11, 1955, Washington, D. C

JAMA. 1956;161(6):564. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970060078024

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Enlivened by accounts of experiences of frogmen and limpeteers in World War II, this book deals with many topics of general scientific and special medical interest. An introductory section outlines the major problems of underwater swimming and self-contained diving. The next section is a seminar consisting of five contributions on oxygen toxicity; another consists of five contributions on decompression and the bends, bubbleformation, and the development of new mixtures, such as helium-oxygen, that have increased the depth to which divers can descend. The last section takes up other respiratory problems in diving, including the unexpected narcotic effects of argon and other noble gases when inhaled under pressure. The book contains much important information, many illuminating diagrams, and a valuable bibliography.

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