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Interview: Professor Costantino Balestra


Costantino Balestra is full-time Professor & Head of the Integrative Physiology Lab at the Haute Ecole Paul Henri Spaak. He recently published his book "The science of diving - Things your instructor never told you" together with co-editor Peter Germonpré (Medical Director of the Centre for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy of the Military Hospital Brussels, Belgium) at Lambert Academic Publishing.



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About the book:

The editors and authors of this book are a cadre of scientists and physicians with broad experience and knowledge of diving physiology and decompression theory. As is often the case, it requires a group effort to succeed in advancing practical knowledge. The colloquialism “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” is often true and the PHYPODE Research Group epitomizes this concept. By logically grouping the various elements of diving science and medicine with provocative "food for thought" sections the text offers valuable lessons to those interested in the current state of diving. Despite nearly 170 years of research, the fundamental nature of decompression stress remains elusive. As is well outlined in this book, great advances have been made to the practical elements allowing for safe diving. Nonetheless, there are glaring voids of knowledge related to the nature of bubble nucleation, its consequences and methods to ameliorate risk. The synergy exhibited in this text not only provides a foundation for what is known, it offers a glimpse of where research is taking us.

Professor Stephen R. Thom, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine