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September 21, 1940

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JAMA. 1940;115(12):1024. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810380054016

THE SELECTION OF MILITARY PILOTS  Many factors enter into the proper choice of men who are qualified to fly combat planes, including age, inherent psychologic ability and, of course, such well recognized physical qualities as eyesight, coordination and sound cardiovascular functioning. Numerous problems are also involved in care of fliers after their training. Methods have been or are now being devised to detect potential "air neuroses," to counteract the effects of lack of oxygen due to high altitudes and to study countermeasures against the so-called black-out which apparently results from insufficient circulation to the brain during rapid descent. The subject is far too complicated for brief discussion but is receiving serious attention in such publications as the German Army's Medical Guide for Flying Personnel, in the book by Armstrong on the "Principles and Practice of Aviation Medicine" and even in such periodicals as the current issue of Fortune. The study