June 13, 1966

Motion Sickness: Search For Patterns

JAMA. 1966;196(11):30-31. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100240020007

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Motion sickness is a historic hazard of summer's epidemic of travel.

  • It also can afflict the father treating his son to an amusement park ride;

  • Or the holiday fisherman unaccustomed to the "bounding main";

  • Or the commercial or military pilot at a crucial moment in flight.

It was this latter emergency that primarily concerned participants in a special symposium on motion sickness at the Aerospace Medical Association's recent meeting.

But the broader concerns of motion sickness were also evident in the questions of the hundreds of physicians who sat in on the televised sessions.

Considerable research is still underway on motion sickness, noted the panel's chairman, Capt Ashton Graybiel, MC, USN. A computerized annotation of the vast literature involved was prepared.

With all of this, "it will come as a surprise to most... that we still are concerning ourselves with a definition of motion sickness," Richard Trumbull, PhD, commented. "But

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