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July 26, 1958


JAMA. 1958;167(13):1650-1651. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990300076019

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Conference on Orientation Difficulties.—  With jets and rocket craft flying at fantastic speeds, even the best-trained pilots find it increasingly difficult to tell exactly where they are, with relation to other planes or to the ground. To explore this question, the U. S. Air Force School of Aviation Medicine called a meeting of specialists on problems of perception in high-speed flight. The group conferred on June 24 and 25 at Randolph Air Force Base. From informal discussions of vestibular physiology and spatial disorientation, the school's physicians hope to plan long-range research to alleviate the flyer's orientational difficulties.The conference was attended by ear and eye specialists, psychologists, and general physiologists. Dr. John R. Lindsay, from the University of Chicago, was chairman; also from the University was Dr. Cesar Fernandez. Others invited were Dr. Walter H. Johnson from the Defence Research Medical Laboratory in Toronto and Dr. W. J.

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