Monday, March 14, 2005

An Introduction to Technical Diving Updated

Bookstore web page updated with the correct address for 'Introduction to Technical Diving'.

An Introduction to Technical Diving

A CD-ROM for Windows® and Macintosh® Computers [US$29.95]

An Introduction to Technical Diving CD-ROM defines, elucidates, and pictorially portrays the various types of technical diving [such as cave diving, deep diving, ice diving, solo diving, sump diving, and wreck diving], as well as the equipment and skills needed to safely participate and/or pursue certification.  Although it is not intended to be a substitute for formal training, this CD-ROM provides comprehensive detailed information in a beautifully illustrated format and can be used as either a reference source or an educational aid for divers of all training levels.

This CD-ROM introduces the realm of technical diving through the experiences of the expeditionary team El Proyecto de Buceo Espeleologico México y América Central, led by world record holders Jim Bowden and Dr. Ann Kristovich.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Dental Implants article from Alert Diver added to web site

We have added an article written by our dental consultant, Dr. Larry Stein to our web page about dental problems. The article was published in Alert Diver, DAN's bimonthly magazine, in the March/April 2005 issue. It is reprinted without photos with permission from the author and DAN.

To read the article, go to As usual, Dr. Stein goes right to the heart of the matter, giving excellent background information and risk assessments associated with the dental procedure. We are fortunate to have Dr. Stein on our team.


*The article is also available in pdf on the web page at .

Friday, March 11, 2005

Electives in Diving Medicine for Medical Students

We regularly get requests for information and/or contacts for electives in diving and hyperbaric medicine from medical students, often from the UK.

Here is a response that we have developed from information that we have gleaned from the web and from our consultants. Surely, there are many more that we don't know about and we would be delighted to include other sites and sources. Just let me know at .

Hello :

Here are some sources that we have developed for requests such as yours:

---A Spanish treatment center, CRIS in Barcelona, that you might want to
consider is run by Dr Jordi Desola .

---Depending on your envisaged dates and academic needs, it is possible to arrange a rotation for you at the University of Pretoria, the Institute for Aviation Medicine, Divers Alert Network, and the Eugene Marais Hospital HBO Therapy Centre. Here is your contact person:

Frans Cronje
Medical Director EMHBOTC
Executive & Medical Director - Divers Alert Network Southern Africa


This would be a great elective in a very busy center run by a highly qualified person, Dr. Adel Taher.

Hyperbaric Medical Center
Phone +20 (69) 660 922/-3 (10.30-18.00h local time)
Fax: +20 (69) 661 011
24 hr Emergency Phone +20 (12) 212 42 92
Dr. Adel Taher, Director
Director, DAN - Egypt.

Sources for contact in Australasia and New Zealand include the following:
Dr David Wilkinson
Hyperbaric Medicine Unit
Royal Adelaide Hospital
North Terrace
SA 5000

Ph: +61 8 8222 5116
Fax: +61 8 8232 4207

Dr Ian Millar
Hyperbaric Service
The Alfred Hospital
Commercial Road
VIC 3181

Ph: +61 3 9276 2269
Fax: +61 3 9276 3052

Dr Margaret Walker
Hyperbaric Medicine Unit
Royal Hobart Hospital
PO Box 1061L
TAS 7001

Ph: +61 3 6222 8322
Fax: +61 3 6222 8322

Dr Mike Bennett
Dept of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine
Prince of Wales Hospital
Barker Street
NSW 2031

Ph: +61 2 9382 3880
Fax: +61 2 9382 3882

Dr David Griffith
Hyperbaric Medicine Unit
The Townsville Hospital
PO Box 670
QLD 4810

Ph: +61 7 4796 2080
Fax: +61 7 4796 2081


Dr Robert Long
The Wesley Centre for Hyperbaric Medicine
Wesley Hospital
Suite 53, Sandford Jackson Building
QLD 4066

Ph: +61 7 3371 6033
Ph: +61 7 3371 1566

Dr Robert Wong
Department of Hyperbaric Medicine
Fremantle Hospital
PO Box 480
WA 6160

Ph: +61 8 9431 2233
Fax: +61 8 9431 2235

Other units in NZ are in Auckland but are private clinics or Navy. The Slark
Hyperbaric Unit at Devonport Naval Base in Auckland is currently run by
Cdr Alison Drewry, phone number is +64 9 445 5972

For possible resources in the UK you can contact the Plymouth Diving
Diseases Research Centre:

The Hyperbaric Medical Center (DDRC-Plymouth)
Tamar Science Park, Dernford Road,
Plymouth, Devon, UK, PL6 8BQ
Dr. P.J. Bryson
Telephone: 01752 209999.

---Aberdeen chamber. Try Dr Stephen Watt or Dr John Ross at the University Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine & .

Dr Stephen Watt runs the University Diploma courses in Diving Medicine, and they have had Student Elective Participants. He advises you should attempt to attend when there is a course running and that is a bonus as you can attend. The hyperbaric unit is huge, highly organized and is one of the busiest in the UK. Dr John Ross is the Director and is a Consultant Anaesthetist, and Dr Watt is a Consultant Respiratory Physician in addition. They are the most experienced group in the UK.
Telephone number as: 01224-558195.

In the U.S.:

Duke Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Research
University Medical Center DUMC-3823 Durham NC; 27710 USA
Ph: (919)684-3305 / 6726
Fax: (919)684-6002
Medical Staff:

Prof. Claude Piantadosi, MD (Director)
Prof. Richard Moon, MD; (Medical Director)
Bret Stolp, MD
Guy Dear, MB.ChB; FRCA

Baptist Medical Center
Hyperbaric Department
800 Prudential Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Dr. Tom Bozzuto
We can host medical students as well. 95% of our HBO Treatments are
wound care, but we see about 40 divers during the summer months.

Medical College of Wisconsin,
Clinics At Froedtert Mem. Lutheran Hospital
Hyperbaric Unit
Harry T. Whelan, MD
Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics & Hyperbarics
9200 W. Wisconsin Ave.,
Milwaukee, WI, 53226
414-454-7823 fax
e-mail -

The UHMS lists the following places that offer fellowships:

Memorial Medical Center
Long Beach, California
Contact: Enoch Huang, MD

Louisiana State University
New Orleans, Louisiana
Contact: Keith Van Meter, MD
504-896-3143 (FAX)

Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina
Contact: Richard Moon, MD

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Contact: Stephen Thom, MD, PhD

Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital
Columbia, South Carolina
Contact: Lindsie Cone, MD

Hermann Hospital (University of Texas)
Houston, Texas
Contact: Carolina Fife, MD

University of California San Diego
San Diego, California
Contact: Karen Van Hoesen, MD
(619) 543-6463

University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital
Miami, Florida
Contact: Luis A. Matos, MD, MPH
(305) 585-3483

I hope these contact sources are helpful! We would appreciate feedback on your experiences.

Ern Campbell, MD
Diving Medicine Online