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November 21, 1953

Aviation Toxicology: An Introduction to the Subject and a Handbook of Data

JAMA. 1953;153(12):1134. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940290066035

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This book should be most useful to aviators. Known facts are used to show how intoxications may occur from exposure to substances used in the aviation industry. General problems of aviation toxicology are discussed. Various classes of substances used in aviation are enumerated, and their possible hazards indicated. Methods are given of calculating the concentrations that may be injurious to persons in a plane. The pesticides have received considerable attention, because planes coming from tropical areas must be sprayed to destroy possible carriers of tropical diseases; for example, the tsetse fly, vector of African sleeping sickness, has been carried from Central Africa into the Union of South Africa spreading the disease. The use of the airplane in aerial crop dusting and also in reclaiming large areas of infested lands is discussed. The last chapter lists compounds and such information as their physical constants and maximum safe concentrations.

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