Aksel was the founding editor of this textbook. Its coverage and success are a tribute to his dedication and wisdom. Sadly this was his last major project in a life where he contributed to many fields of medicine and was a valued colleague and teacher. He was also a widely cultured academic, fluent in several languages and an inspiration to all he worked with Maritime medicine was but one of his areas of expertise. For many years he was a radiomedical adviser and it was his foresight that helped to lead to the establishment of the Norwegian Centre for Maritime Medicine. As the current editor of the textbook I know that Aksel’s death on 6th November 2014 marks the passing of a great man.
- Tim Carter