Decompression sickness (DCS; also known as divers' disease, the bends or caisson disease
) describes a condition arising from dissolved gases coming out of solution into bubbles inside the body on depressurization.
Wash suffers from caisson disease
a mysterious ailment caused by working in the depths of the river while setting the footings of the bridge.
Past, present and future blend in a prose Sargasso Sea, and anyone who would dive in and out abruptly is vulnerable to temporal caisson disease
It was carried to completion by his son, Washington Augustus Roebling (1837-1926), who was badly crippled by caisson disease
, or the "bends", from which he suffered during the construction.
At high pressures, nitrogen dissolves in the blood and bubbles out when the pressure is relieved, causing the bends, or caisson disease
, which results in agonizing pain and sometimes paralysis and sometimes paralysis and death.