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May 20, 1961


JAMA. 1961;176(7):606-607. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040200042011

Satellite feet, satellite sickness, kinetosis, and ecplexia are environmental derangements that pose problems for solution to the physician and physiologist in preparation for survival or even tolerable living on a space ship.1 Satellite feet and satellite sickness are descriptive syndromes. The curved floor, an essential component of the space station, leads to satellite feet; satellite sickness is the counterpart of air or sea sickness and thus a variant of the motion-sickness family. Kinetosis is related to the unusual dynamic pattern between the outside world and the subject in a space ship, which continually revolves around its own center of gravity. Ecplexia is a psychological concept, a consequence of the escape from restraining bonds of life on earth and appreciation of the loss of such customary restraining influences. Ecplexia is synonymous with the appreciation or the sense of contact forlornness, contact loneliness, contact severance. It may be experienced either positively

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