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March 13, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(11):798-799. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670370068020

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Congress on Aerial Navigation  The third International Congress on Aerial Navigation was held recently in Brussels. The medical section of the congress, which was presided over by Colonel Demolder of the Belgian Army Medical Corps, discussed a series of problems of a medical and physiologic nature that affect the aerial navigator.

APTITUDE FOR FLYING  The methods of selecting aviators were studied more particularly. Dr. Black (Great Britain) dealt especially (1) with the determination of discriminative psychomotor reaction times effected under special conditions with a new apparatus which provokes acts corresponding to the maneuvers executed in guiding aircraft; (2) study of cardiac reactions when the examinee is subjected to the breathing test as described by the author (support by an expiratory effort of a 40 mm. column of mercury for a period of fifty seconds), and (3) study of pulse reactions and arterial pressure after the examinee has been subjected to

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