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June 15, 1918


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Cambridge, Mass.

JAMA. 1918;70(24):1879-1880. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600240075021

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To the Editor:—In an article on "Bárány Chair Tests and Flying Ability" (The Journal, April 13, 1918, p. 1064), we presented certain data concerning the Bárány chair tests of 100 naval aviators, and found an absence of correlation between the tests and the flying ability of the men. While, of course, the Bárány tests have in no way been intended to predict the flying ability of applicants for aviation, nevertheless, men who have failed to respond normally to these tests have in most instances, it is understood, been rejected, and rejected solely because of that failure. In other words, the tests have been used to predict inability to fly. If abnormal reactions constitute sufficient grounds for rejecting applicants, then perhaps it may be well to see what actually successful fliers do in a Bárány chair, and what, if any influence flying has on their reactions. Table 1 shows the results

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