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April 19, 1965

Scuba-Diving Deaths in Michigan

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Wayne State University College of Medicine, and the Department of Surgery, Detroit Receiving Hospital, Detroit.

JAMA. 1965;192(3):220-222. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080160040010

During the past decade, scuba (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus)-diving has become increasingly popular. There has been a corresponding rise in the number of accidents. In 1962 eight out of ten serious diving casualties treated in the US naval recompression chambers were civilian rather than military.1 Several authors have emphasized the importance of medical examination, adequate training, and adherence to safety rules in the prevention of injury from diving.2-4 Neglect of these recommendations probably predisposes recreational diving to a higher accident rate. The purpose of this report is to document the deaths resulting from scuba-diving in the state of Michigan. Accident reports recorded by the Michigan state police were reviewed and, when necessary, further history was taken from eyewitnesses or the family of the deceased. Death certificates were obtained with the cooperation of the Vital Statistics Bureau, Michigan Department of Health. Autopsy reports were collected from the various coroners