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Weightlessness is still the major concern of physicians directing space operations. However, with each longer and more ambitious flight, new medical challenges arise.
The medical director of the next United States manned space flight is responsible for many things in his varied job including (1) the astronauts—their conditions and responses in relation to flight; (2) medical experiments aimed at some of the unanswered problems of space flight, and (3) research and development of equipment, food, basic health requirements, and the like.
That medical director is Charles A. Berry, MD. He is chief of center medical programs, National Aeronautics and Space Administration-Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston, and is director of medical operations for each manned space mission.
A graduate of the University of California where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1947, Berry was engaged in general practice before entering the Air Force's Aviation Medicine residency training program. He left
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