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May 5, 1951


JAMA. 1951;146(1):36-37. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670010040013

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Twenty-five years ago the airplane was an unreliable machine capable of flying 70 miles per hour and with a ceiling of 12,000 feet. Today, some airplanes have 5,000 horse power engines capable of speeds of more than 700 miles per hour and of operating above an altitude of 45,000 feet. The medical problems of military aviation that have arisen with the development of the airplane have been ably discussed by Brigadier Gen. Edward J. Kendricks in his Kober Lecture delivered at Georgetown University, March 28. Military medicine is definitely a part of worldwide medicine. That military and civilian medicine are one is shown by the fact that 97 per cent of the medical officers on duty with the United States Army in World War I were civilian physicians in uniform. A further indication is the recent creation of a Section on Military Medicine by the House of Delegates of the

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