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July 1970

The Physiology and Medicine of Diving.

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USN Bethesda, Md

Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(1):170-171. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310070172022

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This is a welcome and well-timed addition to the slim library dealing with man in his primordial home, the sea. It comes at the end of a most productive decade in diving, one in which man's ability to work at the limits of the continental margins has been clearly demonstrated. Such accomplishments naturally pose more questions than they answer, and even the "answered" questions are haunted by imprecision, as this milestone book shows. For example, Haxton and Whyte point out that scrupulous adherence to prescribed decompression schedules affords only relative protection from late skeletal changes. Diving practice has traditionally relied on symptoms to assess the adequacy of a calculated decompression scheme, and the absence of later complications appears to confirm the safety of this approach in most forms of diving. Lack of a satisfactory understanding of the physiology of decompression, however, has recently led to the introduction of holography, ultrasonic

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