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June 4, 1955


JAMA. 1955;158(5):372-375. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960050014003

"Polio patient flown to aid" is the optimistic headline often accompanying news stories. It gives no indication of the many clinical problems associated with the operation. H. C. Hunley,1 in an isolated article on this subject, pointed out the possible hazards of moving the patient with poliomyelitis by air. Brahdy and Katz2 emphasized the bad effects of transportation of any type on these acutely ill patients. Nevertheless, those who have means of aerial transport are often asked to move patients having both acute and chronic respiratory embarrassment. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the effects of aerial transportation on patients who have both acute and chronic respiratory and bulbar involvement. This is a preliminary report summarizing the experience of the School of Aviation Medicine with this problem. A standard method of caring for such patients has been developed to agree with accepted methods used in the

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