June 1968

Psychiatry in Aerospace Medicine.

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By Carlos J. G. Perry, MD. Price, $8.50. Pp 250. Little, Brown & Co., 34 Beacon St, Boston 20006, 1967.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;18(6):767-769. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740060127020

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This monograph, the winter 1967 issue of the International Psychiatry Clinics series, presents 16 articles on topics which are likely to be of interest, in the first instance, to those directly engaged in the selection, evaluation, and psychiatric care of pilots and astronauts. However, much of the book makes illuminating and interesting reading for the clinician in general psychiatric practice also.

The subjects covered range from the incidence of electroencephalographic abnormalities in a "normal control" population of flying personnel, to psychodynamic interpretations of factors which may underlie flying accidents and phobias, or difficulties encountered during flying instruction. There is an account of some moderately recent work on physiological and biochemical responses to the stresses experienced by animals and men on space missions, both American and Russian; if any psychological techniques for estimating subjective stress were used in these studies, they are not mentioned. Some

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