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March 6, 1967

Underwater Medicine

JAMA. 1967;199(10):769-770. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120100131049

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In the past, life under the sea was an arduous short-term event for a few divers and submariners, but recently diving has become immensely popular, offering sportsmen excitement and some danger. And we may see the day when underwater farming and colonization will keep even more persons submerged for longer periods of time.

In this book, the underwater environment, its hazards, and methods of adaptation comprise the three main sections. In each the author presents his material in an easilyread and understandable manner, epitomizing and interpreting an enormous amount of data. Jargon is scanty, although sentences such as "All other signs and symptoms should be recompressed" do occur occasionally. Not only do we find the expected discussions on topics such as nitrogen narcosis, and decompression, but also chapters on a variety of peripheral subjects. To persons interested in sport diving, discussion of the submarine, and submarine escape and free ascent,