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Title: On decompression sickness in divers
Author: MacKay, Donald Eric
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 1966
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Diving in an ancient activity and its main complication, decompression sickness, has been described for at least a century. Theoretically treatment of this injury should present no problems other than those of technique. It practice there are many unexplained points which cast doubt on the efficiency of current methods of treatment. Diving trials using air, or oxygen and helium breathing mixtures are described as well as submarine escape training without the use of self-contained breathing apparatus. Cases of decompression sickness occurring during the trials are described and classified as major or minor depending on the therapy used. It is suggested that this classification is less confusing than others as there is no implication of aetiological factors other than decompression. "Pulmonary Barotrauma" develops by a different mechanism and is considered separately from "Decompression Sickness". The progression from dissatisfaction with recommended therapeutic routines to the development of complementary ones is shown. The application of basic principles to cases arising under conditions not previously encountered, is described. Case notes of 136 cases treated by recompression are given as well as comments on 261 other cases. Proposed therapeutic routines and illustrated records of some of the very deep therapies are included in the Appendices.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (M.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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