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I lead a very charmed life. I have no issues accessing folks who are knowledgable about diving.
My family doctor, dentist, dental surgeon, and dermatologist all dive. No such luck with the oncologist and endocrinologist, though.
Oh please...I never said they were experts in diving phsyiology.Despite the physicians being divers, I would argue that that one point alone does not make them experts in dive physiology. Certainly, they may be, but the one doesn't make the other.
I've been diving with many physicians who were terrible divers and have dived with people who know no medicine but really understand diving.
The wife [snip] bought the scuba lessons! Case closed.
Even that is unlikely in my limited experience. I'm a DAN member who called about the seemingly simple topic of seasickness medications and diving. They wouldn't give me an answer to my simple questions on the subject.
How common are doctors who specialize in diving medicine? I see folks on SB (as above) tell people to seek out such a doctor for evaluations all the time. However, the only ones I've actually heard of work in the dwindling number of hospitals who treat DCS with a chamber or at Duke. DAN doesn't even maintain information for dive physician referrals. The link on the page that mentions such a thing returns a 404 error. I ask in earnest, is a doctor who specializes in diving something that the average person can expect to find without getting onto an airplane? Living in Florida, I'm sure I could track one down. I'm wondering if it's a myth along the lines of the DAN giving medical advice myth.
As for me, more correctly I am a retired Instructor with about 25 years teaching experience and several years working as a volunteer at a hyperbaric chamber where I was involved in regular training dives and several treatment runs.