February 1954

Human Factors in Air Transportation: Occupational Health and Safety.

Author Affiliations

By Ross A. McFarland, Ph.D., associate professor of industrial hygiene, Harvard School of Public Health. Price, $13.00. Pp. 830, with many tables, diagrams, and illustrations. McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 330 W. 42nd St., New York 18; Aldwych House, Aldwych, London, W.C. 2, 1953.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1954;93(2):308. doi:10.1001/archinte.1954.00240260144012

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This is an important book. It is divided into nine parts. After a short introductory chapter there are chapters dealing with selection and training of flight personnel, maintenance of health and efficiency of flight personnel, selection of ground personnel, safety on the ground and in flight, sanitation and health in airline operation, passenger and service problems, and, finally, a chapter on health and medical services in air transportation.

Each chapter is well written and contains at the end a summary of the content of the chapter as well as a selected bibliography. Thus the entire volume opens the door for any reader to practically every phase of aviation medicine.

The author is an authority on aviation. More than that, he is gifted as a writer, so that each chapter of his book tells its story in an interesting, delightfully readable fashion. One can learn how fliers are selected, how passengers

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