November 10, 1962

Space Medicine

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By Ursula T. Slager, Prentice-Hall Space Technology Series. 388 p. Cloth. $12. Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1962.

JAMA. 1962;182(6):704. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050450104035

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The author says her 13-chapter book has been "written for the aerospace engineer whose limited time does not permit him to collect and synthesize the diverse material now available, and for the busy physician..." a new field. The book is a collection of the known physical, physiological, and mathematical facts concerning man's reactions to the major stresses encountered in space flight. After each subject, i.e., pressure, temperature, the electromagnetic spectrum, acceleration, noise and vibration, weightlessness, and so forth, there is a brief description of the clinical illnesses and pathological changes resultant from excessive exposure. These parts are well done. Toxicology is poorly done, and why the author omits anthropometric measurements and percentile cut-offs is not apparent.

The book is good as a reference and as a basis for studying so-called human engineering. What it does not do, and what the aerospace medical consultant must be prepared to do and to

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