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To the Editor:—
Physicians and their scientific colleagues in aviation medicine will be gratified by the intelligent and stimulating review of the current status of space travel, "Health in the Heavens" (J. A. M. A. 164:765-769 [June 15] 1957), and by the accompanying editorial in the same issue. To paraphrase the statement of Dr. John F. Fulton in the foreword of "Doctors in the Sky" (Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 1955), the future of the specialty of aviation medicine today appears as boundless as the skies its practitioners are exploring.A minor error was noted in this excellent article. Dr. John Jeffries accompanied Jean Pierre Blanchard in the first balloon flight across the English Channel on Jan. 7, 1785, not 1795. Earlier, on Nov. 30, 1784, he made an ascension over London. Also, Dr. John P. Stapp recently was given a well-deserved promotion to colonel in the Air Force Medical
Benford RJ. HEALTH IN THE HEAVENS. JAMA. 1957;165(1):91. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980190093024