A HISTORICAL REVIEW OF THE BUBBLE THEORY OF THE ETIOLOGY OF DECOMPRESSION SICKNESS AS RELATED TO HIGH ALTITUDE EXPOSURE.
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There was a need for a comprehensive historical review of decompression sickness and related subjects such as the bubble theory, denitrogenation, over -compression, and pertinent terminology. A simplified classification scheme is introduced which retains the currently popular term decompression sickness to describe those symptoms which arise owing to the response of the body to reduction of pressure, in accordance with Henrys law. A new term, mechanicobaropathy, is introduced to describe any symptom or disease which arises owing to the mechanical effects on body tissues of the response of gases to Boyles law. Highlights of the literature on decompression sickness, from 1670 to 1965, are presented. Author
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