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Article
July 27, 1957

TRAINING FOR THE PRACTICE OF AVIATION MEDICINE

Author Affiliations

U. S. A. F.

Chief of the Medical Education Division in the Directorate of Staffing and Education, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters, United States Air Force.

JAMA. 1957;164(13):1425-1431. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980130001001
Abstract

• There is a definite need for special training for physicians to cope with the multitude of medical problems created by flight. Aviation medicine should be considered as an alloy composed of elements of several of the other basic medical specialties, such as ophthalmology, otolaryngology, psychiatry, internal medicine, and preventive medicine. In addition to the "family doctor" type of practice to flying personnel, there is the full-time specialized practice of aviation medicine, which includes consultants and investigators. To become a true specialist in aviation medicine one must undergo several years of graduate training.

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