Bennett and Elliotts' Physiology and Medicine of Diving

5th Edition


  • Print ISBN 9780702025716

Key Features

  • Provides the most comprehensive coverage of the physiology in relation to diving available anywhere.
  • Complete coverage of all aspects of clinical diagnosis and management of disorders arising from diving.
  • Relates equipment design and the most recent research into practical clinical application.
  • Editors and contributors represent a wide range of expertise, and are the leading authorities from around the world.

Table of Contents


01 An outline history of diving physiology and medicine

02 Diving Methods

02.1 Compressed Air Work
02.2 Commercial Diving
02.3 Recreational Diving
02.4 Scientific Diving
02.5 Empirical Diving Techniques

03 Ventilation, Gas Exchange and Exercise Under Pressure

04 Thermal considerations in diving

05 Breath-hold Diving

06 Drowning and Near Drowning

07 Comparative Diving Physiology

08 Otorhinolaryngological aspects of diving

09 Pressure Effects

09.1 Biological Effects of Pressure
09.2 Inert Gas Narcosis
09.3 High Pressure Nervous Syndrome
09.4 Oxygen Under Pressure

10 Decompression

10.1 Decompression Theory
10.2 Decompression Practice
10.3 Bubble Detection
10.4 Decompression Sickness
10.5 Arterial Gas Embolism and Pulmonary Barotraumas
10.6 Manifestations of Decompression Disorders
10.7 Treatment of the Decompression Disorders

11 Long term effects of diving

11.1 Long-Term Effects on the Lung
11.2 Long-Term Effects on Bones
11.3 Long-Term Effects on the Central Nervous System

12 Fitness to Dive

13 Investigation of Diving Accidents

14 Pathology of Diving Accidents

15 Diving Equipment

16 Appendix: Physical Laws and Biological Constants


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About the authors

Alf Brubakk

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Environmental Physiology, Medical Faculty, Department of Physiology & BioMedical Engineering, Norwegian University of Sciences and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Tom Neuman

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA; Director of Hyperbaric Medical Center, CA