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December 12, 1966

Adaptation to Space

JAMA. 1966;198(11):41. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110240015006

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Taken from his own planet, man has been surprisingly effective —given proper support—in adapting to space, then re-adapting to earth, a National Aeronautics and Space Administration physician points out.

Reviewing medical aspects of the US space program from the first 15-minute suborbital manned flight in May 1961 to the final Gemini flight of nearly four days last month, Charles A. Berry, MD, told fellow physicians at the AMA Clinical Convention:

"We have been privileged to observe the human body adapt to a new and hostile situation and to re-adapt in a surprisingly effective manner to our normal one-gravity earth environment....

"While much remains to be learned, man does not appear to be a barrier to the exploration of our universe if he is properly supported."

Turning to specific medical aspects Dr. Berry told the scientific session in Las Vegas that:

  • Radiation has created no undue problems, with only one