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Drinking Air

Author:

Semikov, S. A.

Category:

Journal Reprints

Sub-Category:

Miscellaneous

Language:

English

Date Published:

June 2006

Downloads:

108

Keywords:

Jacques-Yves Cousteau, deep intoxication, decompression sickness, NO2, NO and N2O, nitrous oxide, laughing gas, scuba diver, laughter

Filename:

Semikov_EngineerJ[trans]_n4(2006)1-5.pdf

Publication:

Engineer Journal

Comments:

Translated to English with Google Translate by Thomas E. Miles

Abstract:

For the first time, the French traveler and engineer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, famous for the invention of scuba gear and films shot with its help, told about this phenomenon. In his wonderful book "In the World of Silence" (Moscow, 1966), he said that scuba divers, having reached a certain depth, about 30-40 m, begin to get drunk and lose control of themselves. They are overwhelmed by hallucinations, causeless fun, a feeling of carelessness. Cousteau called this state of intoxication depth. And since scuba diving is always associated with a great risk to life, such intoxication often leads to the death of the scuba diver.

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