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June 1946

Aviation Neuro-Psychiatry.

Arch NeurPsych. 1946;55(6):687-688. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1946.02300170135016

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Abstract

The authors have written a practical guide to aviation neuropsychiatry. The studies are essentially descriptive, and no attempt is made to study the disorders dynamically, as has been done by other writers. Although the cases cited are based on wartime experiences, the authors are apparently oriented toward the needs of a peacetime aviation. Qualitative rather than quantitative considerations will guide the selection authorities of the future. With this in mind, the authors stress the importance of a thorough psychiatric examination of prospective flying personnel. They minimize categorically the importance of special aptitude tests and also disagree with those who believe that the only test for combat is combat. In point, they state, "The temperamentally unstable in the affairs of everyday life are unlikely to become temperamentally stable by leaving the ground and becoming aviators."

With a thorough understanding of aviation physiology, the psychiatrist will be better able to evaluate hysterical

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