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November 1, 1941

Fit to Fly: A Medical Handbook for Fliers

JAMA. 1941;117(18):1573. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820440081030

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Colonel Grow and Captain Armstrong have produced a well written, easily understandable and timely volume to acquaint and equip both nonfliers and fliers with information concerning the reactions of the human body to the rapidly changing environmental effects encountered while in the air. The book begins with the subject of medicine in aviation; it then passes on to the protective health measures of the aviator (hygiene) and proceeds to the physical examination of the flier. Thereafter the writers discuss the body reactions to altitude, oxygen deprivation, atmospheric pressure changes, acceleration and deceleration, sensory illusions, and fatigue in flight. A chapter is devoted to aviation accidents and first aid. Protective devices to prevent untoward effects of flying are discussed. Because of the wide ranges of fliers into distant lands and different climates, the final chapter of the book is devoted to tropical diseases and ailments most likely to be encountered. The

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