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How does shark diving help you manage stress, achieve work-life balance, and/or contribute to your overall health and well-being?

Being underwater is my favorite wilderness activity. It takes me to a place where everything makes sense. It's quiet, colorful, and peaceful. It can be strenuous and exciting when you wish. Shark diving is fascinating and rarely unnerving - certainly not as as stressful as a busy day in the E.D. Let's hope that we make the necessary decisions to preserve this remarkable environment.

Paul S. Auerbach MD, MS, FACEP, MFAWM, FAAEM is Redlich Family Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University, and Medical Director, Strategic Projects, Stanford Health Care. Dr. Auerbach is editor of the textbook Wilderness Medicine, and author of the books Medicine for the Outdoors, Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine, Diving the Rainbow Reefs, An Ocean of Colors, and Management Lessons from the E.R. A founder of the Wilderness Medical Society, he is assisting in the creation of a rural hospital in Nepal, and grateful for opportunities to try to make the world a better place.


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