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April 27, 1918


JAMA. 1918;70(17):1229-1230. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600170029017

In considering the special qualities which aviators should have, Surgeon H. Graeme Anderson of the Royal Navy Service and adviser to the British Air Medical Service1 suggests that in eliminating the unfit — and man power is an ever increasing problem — special flying schools be instituted where border-line pupils could be instructed in flying under the attention of sympathetic instructors and with a medical officer, especially interested in aviation, carefully recording results. In an address before the Medical Society of London last month, he recapitulated, on the basis of an extensive experience, his view as to the necessary physical qualities of aviators. In addition to a sound constitution free from organic disease, a fairly strong physique, normal hearing, good muscle and equilibration sense, the matter of greatest importance is good eyesight, and next to vision is temperament. For this reason an aptitude for flying was found most common