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Prepare for each underwater adventure and its challenges. Diving Science will help you anticipate, recognize, and respond to the physical, physiological, and psychological stresses encountered in sport diving.
Written by two experts in diving physiology and medicine, this comprehensive resource will help you manage each stage of a dive more safely and successfully. Whether you’re on the surface or bottom, in the descent or ascent, you’ll know exactly what to do and when to do it. With information on everything from on-gassing and off-gassing to first response interventions for medical problems, Diving Science is as essential as a wetsuit for your next dive.
Use the book’s diving-specific fitness specifications to learn how to make diving safe and enjoyable at any age. And apply the detailed equipment recommendations to prepare properly for each dive.
Diving Science provides a wealth of information useful to all divers. Tap into this treasure chest before each dive to ensure it is your best and safest yet.
Part I The Underwater Environment
Chapter 1. Challenges of the Underwater Environment
Chapter 2. Types of Diving, Dive Profiles, and Phases of the Dive
Chapter 3. The Inert Gas Load
Part II Physiological Responses to the Underwater Environment
Chapter 4. Adaptations of the Heart and Vascular System for Diving
Chapter 5. The Respiratory System in Diving
Chapter 6. Adaptations in Blood and Muscle Tissues to Improve
Oxygen Carrying and Storage
Chapter 7. Meeting the Challenges of the Cold Water Environment
Chapter 8. Propulsion in the Aquatic Environment
Chapter 9. Orientation in the Aquatic Environment
Part III Medical Aspects of Sport Diving
Chapter 10. Medical Preparation for Diving: Fitness and Nutrition
Chapter 11. Psychological and Physiological Problems of the
Chapter 12. Other Surface Problems: Exposure and Marine Animal
Chapter 13. Problems Associated with Descent
Chapter 14. Bottom Problems
Chapter 15. Ascent Problems
Chapter 16. Complications of Medical Problems of Diving
Appendix A Sport Diving From A to Z
Appendix B Where to Get Additional Information and Help
Appendix C Items for the Diving Medical Kit
Appendix D Luminaries in Diving
Michael B. Strauss, MD, is medical director of the department of hyperbaric medicine at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach, California. An experienced diver, he is familiar with almost all types of equipment, from snorkel to closed-circuit scuba to tethered diving out of a personal transfer capsule.
In more than 30 articles on diving medicine, Dr. Strauss has formulated an explanation for pain-only bends, delineated the outcomes of decompression, and detailed the causes of blackout (no-panic syndromes).
Dr. Strauss is a member of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society and is a tertiary provider for referrals of medical problems of diving for the Divers Alert Network. He is a qualified U.S. undersea medical officer and was a U.S. Navy SEAL team medical officer. He is board certified in undersea and hyperbaric medicine.
Igor V. Aksenov, MD, PhD, works in the department of medicine at the University of Florida at Gainesville. Dr. Aksenov has a diverse background in medicine, including internal, critical care, clinical toxicology and pharmacology, and hyberbaric and diving.
Dr. Aksenov worked as associate dean, professor, and director of the hyberbaric medicine program at Saba University School of Medicine in Saba, Netherlands Antilles (Dutch Caribbean). He was also the medical director of the Saba Marine Park. While in these positions, Dr. Aksenov dealt with various diving accidents and conducted research on decompression sickness in recreational divers. He was trained as a Navy physician at the Military Medical Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, and worked as head physician of the intensive care unit and director of the hyperbaric medicine unit at one of the Military Medical Academy Clinics.
Dr. Aksenov is a prolific writer. He has more than 60 published scientific papers in several areas of medicine. He is a member of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.