The effects of diminished oxygen supply on the personality cannot be explained until the results of the reduction on the functions of different organs have been made known. Until this information is gathered, our views on this subjest are based to a great extent on a review of clinical data, illustrating some of the changes of temperament and character of the aviator taking place in the effort to adjust the organism to high altitudes.
Before reference is made to a few of the symptoms already noted, it is desirable to remind the reader of the fact that the problems involved in the study of any personality are not merely psychologic, but should include the biologic analysis of the reactions of the entire organism, considered as a living unit. It is extremely important that this point of view should be appreciated and accepted by the investigator. A personality study is a
PATON S. VII. EFFECTS OF LOW OXYGEN PRESSURE ON THE PERSONALITY OF THE AVIATOR. JAMA. 1918;71(17):1399–1400. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.1918.26020430021009f
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