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June 5, 1943

Flying Men and Medicine: The Effects of Flying upon the Human Body

JAMA. 1943;122(6):408. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840230060032

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The author, a flight surgeon in the last war, attempts to give a readable presentation of problems of physiology and hygiene encountered by flying personnel. The book is divided into two parts, the first dealing with the nervous system and special senses, the second with other bodily systems including respiration, circulation and digestion. The language and presentation is elementary in the extreme, being pitched at the grade school rather than the high school or college level. Granted that basic training for flying personnel might advantageously begin with the 16 and 17 year olds, the present book will probably fall into the hands of men in their 20's. It is too elementary to be of real service and it can only suffer by comparison with other recent books in the same field, such as Grow and Armstrong's Fit to Fly and Gemmill's Physiology in Aviation.

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