[By Anne Sliper Midling]
It is infinitely beautiful below the ocean’s surface. So beautiful that every year some divers are tempted to go a little too deep and stay there a little too long.
Decompression sickness (DCS) has been a known condition for more than a century. The disease – sometimes referred to as the bends – occurs when a diver returns to the surface too fast.
Gas bubbles form in the blood and tissues due to decreasing water pressure in the ascent. Some divers become paralyzed for...