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February 1966

Physiological Problems in Space Exploration.

Arch Intern Med. 1966;117(2):316. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.03870080160040

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This is a well-written little book describing in clear and concise fashion the basic physiological background of the effects on man of various stresses encountered in space flight. The editor is a recognized authority on the physiology of temperature stress and was for several years Director of Research at the US Naval Aviation Medical Acceleration Laboratory at Johnsville, Pa. Of the nine chapters, each dealing with a separate problem, he has written the ones on temperature, acceleration, and weightlessness. Other chapters and authors are concerned with radiation (Carl Clark), gaseous requirements (Edwin Hendler), food requirements (John Brobeck), sensory problems (John L. Brown), isolation and disorientation (Randall Chambers), and physiological rhythms (Franz Halberg). Most of these authors have been associated with the editor in the past. All these topics are competently treated and the style of the book is remarkably homogeneous. Each chapter has a selected list of references at the

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