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June 18, 1955

Flight Surgeon's Manual

JAMA. 1955;158(7):617. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960070093034

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This comprehensive manual is designed to assist the Air Force flight surgeon in his professional and administrative duties. The section on aircrew effectiveness is the largest and takes up the various stresses on the normal human body brought about by combat flying. This is the section that would interest most physicians, as it discusses such subjects as decompression sickness, motion sickness, effects of flying on hearing, problems of the bailout, fear of flying, effects of temperature changes, noxious gases, injuries in aircraft accidents, and many related subjects. This is followed by a section on preventive medicine; atomic, biological, chemical, and psychological warfare; medical research and development; and air transport of the sick and wounded. The remainder of the book (about one-quarter) is devoted to purely administrative matters. The text is profusely illustrated, and lists of references are given when indicated. It is bound in a flexible loose-leaf binder and has

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