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Hyperbaric Chambers Are Also Good for Amputated Penises. A 22-year-old man in Dallas, TX, cut off his penis with a knife (why, we can only surmise), then sought treatment three hours later at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. After sewing the penis back on, using vein grafts, surgeons gave the patient 10 milligrams daily of Cialis, and several days of chamber treatment. The guy can urinate normally again, but was still waiting on a return of sensation in his private parts.

Chivalry or Chauvinism? We received a lot of reader comments to help us put together our story in the May issue "Are Some Male Divers Too 'Helpful?'" Ken Kurtis, owner of Reef Seekers dive shop in Beverly Hills, CA, sent us this note from his Bonaire group dive trip in May. "I'm standing on the dock at Buddy Dive, waiting to load up for the 8:10 a.m. boat. Among the 16 divers is a husband/wife team, and all I hear is her saying, 'I don't need any help. I can put it on the boat myself.' And he simply ignores her and grabs her bag. She goes, 'Really . . . I . . . can . . . do . . . it . . . myself. Or not.' So I walk over and say to her, 'There's this article in this month's Undercurrent that I think you should read because it describes exactly what just happened here.' She laughed. I told him about it later too, and he basically said, 'I never thought of it that way. I thought I was just being chivalrous. I'll file it away way.' So maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks."...

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