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March 4, 1961

TO FLY OR NOT TO FLY

JAMA. 1961;175(9):799-800. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040090059014

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Abstract

Every physician nowadays, whatever his field of practice, may have to advise a patient on whether or not to travel as a passenger on a regularly scheduled commercial flight. A statement to guide the physician in formulating correct advice on this question has been developed by a committee of the Aerospace Medical Association and approved by the American Medical Association for promulgation as a joint statement of the two organizations. This statement, entitled "Medical Criteria for Passenger Flying on Scheduled Commercial Flights," appears in the February, 1961, issue of the Archives of Environmental Health. A summary of the report appears in this issue of The Journal as a Special Contribution (p. 796).

This statement points out that flying is not only not contraindicated, but is actually indicated as the mode of travel for many patients whom a physician inadequately informed on this subject might advise not to fly. It is

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