Accession Number:

ADP011097

Title:

Decompression Sickness, Extravehicular Activities, and Nitrogen Induced Osmosis: Brian Hills Revisited

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TX

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2001-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

4.0

Abstract:

Decompression sickness has been recognized as an environmental and occupational illness for over 100 years, yet we still today are trying to find ways to minimize its effects or prevent the illness altogether. As the International Space Station is being built over the coming years, new challenges arise in attempting to manage the demands of physical labor in space without producing decompression sickness. The etiology of decompression sickness has evolved over the past century from Boyle and Bert to Haldane to many of those reading this article. Oftentimes, it is interesting to return to earlier work and research and see how it may apply to todays problems. The purpose of this paper is to take a historical perspective on one researcher of yesteryear, Dr. Brian Hills. It is not to advocate any changes in decompression sickness preventive measures.

Subject Categories:

  • Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE