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October 7, 1961

Aerospace Medicine

JAMA. 1961;178(1):93. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040400095039

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It is exceedingly difficult if not impossible to write what the editor, Dr. Harry G. Armstrong, calls a "complete treatise" on aerospace medicine. Hence it is not surprising that Dr. Armstrong and his colleagues have failed.

No particular criticism should or would accrue had they only updated aviation medicine to or near the publication date of 1961, but that wasn't done either. Too much discussion is given to pre-1955 military flight medicine and too little to the numerically much larger group of civilian problems. The text, taken literally, would have one believe pilots over 50 don't exist, women never are pilots ( see Page 29), crop dusting with its flight, noise, vibration, fatigue, and toxic hazards is virtually nonexistent, and the inflight health of thousands of U.S. executives is the business of someone else.

Yet this book is the text in this field and is a must for students of the

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