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Heretofore, information on the physiological effects of gravitational stress has been difficult to embrace because it has been scattered among government technical reports and in a wide variety of journals. With the advent of rocketpropelled vehicles of unlimited speed and the recent entrance of man into space, there came an urgent need to compile and review the literature. This task was given to 2 members of Wright Field Aero Medical Laboratory, which organization sponsored this volume, one of a series on aviation medicine and space biology from the Guggenheim Center for Aviation, Health, and Safety at the Harvard School of Public Health. The editors, Drs. Otto H. Gauer and George D. Zuidema, enlisted some 12 other enthusiastic contributors from the same and several other laboratories. In the foreword, Col. John Paul Stapp, a pioneer in this field of research, considers it most appropriate for this monograph to come from 2
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