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March 8, 1941

MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS

JAMA. 1941;116(10):956-959. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820100050015

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Abstract

THE FLYING CADET CANDIDATE AND THE FAMILY PHYSICIAN  M. MARTYN KAFKA, M.D.Flight Surgeon, U. S. Army Scott Field, IllinoisThe U. S. Army Air Corps has embarked on a program to increase greatly the number of available aviators. Each corps area has a flying cadet board which passes on the qualifications of the applicant flying cadets. The family physician can in large measure assist in the Air Corps preparedness program by a proper approach and attention to the physical problems of these applicants for the Army Air Corps. Many of the young applicants travel hundreds of miles to army flight surgeons for the required special physical examination. Important problems arise in the course of a pilot's career. High altitude flying, sudden changes in altitude and temperature, all require perfectly healthy young men.The family physician must realize that when pilots and their crews are flying in extremely high altitudes

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