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May 25, 1918


Author Affiliations

Major, M. R. C., U. S. Army.

New York

JAMA. 1918;70(21):1559-1560. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600210049020

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To the Editor:  —In the article on "Bárány Chair Tests and Flying Ability" (The Journal, April 13, 1918, p. 1064), Parsons and Segar conclude with the statement that "the evidence, therefore, seems to point to an absence of correlation between equilibrium tests, as established in the Bárány chair, and actual flying ability."While it is not clear just what impelled the writers to attempt "the correlation study of one hundred naval aviators," the article clearly implies to the medical reader unfamiliar with the principles underlying the tests of the internal ear that the Bárány test was intended to foretell the flying ability of the applicant tested. Just so far as this impression is conveyed by this article, the article is ill advised and untimely. It would naturally be as illogical and unwarranted to deduce that the aviator has no need of normal vision and eye muscle balance, on discovering that

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