4 out of 4 stars
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Medical Diver by Len Starbeck gives an account of the author's life. Len served in the United States Navy for twenty-eight years before retiring. This book details his adventures as an Independent Medical Diver and a tactical medic for over three decades. This book is dedicated to his wife and son, who were both supportive of his career.
A medical diver practices medicine under pressure in a recompression chamber. In this book, readers will learn about deep-sea diving and diving at extreme altitudes, neuro examinations, safety measures, and other interesting health concepts.
I knew I would revisit this book after I read the first chapter. This is an educative piece that Starbeck has strung together. I learned about dolphins and the security they offer at sea. There is a comprehensive neuro-examination checklist in this book. The author's tales about navy school and initiations got me interested in this book. Something else I admired was how the author narrated both the good and bad sides of his experiences. He wrote about the risk of being denied his license as a person who had gone to jail. He also wrote about the numerous injuries and implants he had during his career. I like that he did not mask his vulnerability and assume a superhero status. It was nice to read about different angles of his life. Apart from being an educative read, I enjoyed the adventurous tone used in this book; an example would be when he wrote about having nine flights in thirty-three hours.
Themes like capitalism and discrimination stood out for me. A set of workers were paid forty dollars daily through an official, but these workers only received two dollars, which wasn't up to ten percent of what was given to them. Different countries uphold different views. While nursing is seen as a great profession, some countries look down on it because of the number of females seen in this field.
Some of the narrations were not easy to follow because of the highly technical terms used. This is the only negative aspect I encountered with this book. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It was exceptionally well-edited, as I didn't encounter errors. In addition, it was educating and entertaining. When I reread some chapters, I was able to follow up with the author's writing. I did not deduct a star from my rating because of these.
I recommend this book to readers interested in the navy school and medical diving. If you like health-related books, you will enjoy reading this.
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