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State of the art review: from the seaside to the bedside: insights from comparative diving physiology into respiratory, sleep and critical care
  1. Paul J Ponganis
  1. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr. Paul J Ponganis, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0204, USA; pponganis{at}ucsd.edu

Abstract

Anatomical and physiological adaptations of animals to extreme environments provide insight into basic physiological principles and potential therapies for human disease. In that regard, the diving physiology of marine mammals and seabirds is especially relevant to pulmonary and cardiovascular function, and to the pathology and potential treatment of patients with hypoxaemia and/or ischaemia. This review highlights past and recent progress in the field of comparative diving physiology with emphasis on its potential relevance to human medicine.

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  • Funding This study was funded by the National Science Foundation Division of Polar Programs (PLR-1643532).

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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