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Many of the winter vacations now in the planning stage call for collecting scuba diving gear and heading south for warm waters. Just how safe is scuba diving, and what are its effects on health? With the increase in popularity of the sport, these are questions more doctors are hearing. Answers have been provided by Dr. Wallace L. Salzman of Libertyville, Ill., chief of staff of the Libertyville Condell Memorial Hospital and certified skin diver, and Dr. Frederic T. Jung of the AMA.
There are dangers in scuba diving, as in most other sports, but, the two physicians agree, a thorough understanding of the necessary equipment and precautions can cut the hazards to a minimum.
No one should continue diving without a complete physical examination once a year, Salzman said in an article for the American Academy of General Practice. The candidate should be a good swimmer and not too
Some Medical Aspects of Scuba Diving. JAMA. 1962;182(4):34–36. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050430192044
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