Literature Review On Seasickness

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2.0 Introduction
Seasickness is a terminology describing an illness that caused by an effect of motion, experienced by an individual particularly at sea. Seasickness can be a serious problem for sailors. Not only does the sick person feel terrible and become incapacitated, and therefore a problem too for others on a shorthanded boat, but the dehydration that may result from repeated vomiting can become a medical issue. About 90% of people will experience seasickness or motion sickness at some point in their lives. If you're new to sailing, or have ever experienced nausea or dizziness on a boat, it's worthwhile to take steps early to prevent seasickness. Once seasickness occurs, it's too late to do much more than cope with it as best you can.
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There were a number of 19th and early 20th century attempts to develop anti motion sickness devices, including an 'anti motion sickness belt' manufactured by a Canadian company, a vibrating anti seasick deck chair "in which sitters imagine they are driving motor cars", advertised by the Hamburg-American Steamship Company, and - most extravagantly - the Bessemer Saloon - a cabin modelled on the movement of a compass and designed to maintain its stability independent from the movement of the ship.

The early 20th century development of air ships must have been a wonderful relief to the few wealthy enough to travel in them. A detailed account by George Grant, a passenger on the ill-fated Hindenburg, stated that "the movement of the Airship hardly varies. An occasional slight roll is therefore hardly perceptible. Air sickness is quite unknown, a strong point which cannot be too strongly emphasized." Unfortunately air ships have other issues and the famous Hindenburg Disaster of 1937 put an end to commercial

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