"The Bends"

Michael michael at RFA.ORG
Mon Apr 15 15:45:11 UTC 2002

Does anyone have a date and source for the first use of the
term "the bends" to refer to the difficulties that divers
experience with nitrogen solubility and decompression ?

I would like to know not only where the term originated,
but also how and when it came to be used outside of the diving
community as in the phrase, "get bent".


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