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November 16, 1957


Author Affiliations

Medical Director, Capital Airlines, Inc. Chairman, Medical Committee, Air Transport Association Washington National Airport Washington 1, D. C.

JAMA. 1957;165(11):1487. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980290127020

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To the Editor:—  In The Journal of Sept. 21, 1957, the first article "The Physician's Role in Air Travel" by Dr. F. S. Spiegel, page 205, warrants comment. In general, the article is very well written, and very timely for physician advice to patients traveling by commercial airlines. However, several statements in the body of the article are at variance with the experience of medical men connected with commercial air travel.The statement is made that infants under 6 weeks of age are usually not transported by commercial carriers unless there are very extenuating circumstances. This has never been so within commercial airlines in the United States. While it is true that, in the early days of air travel, we restricted infants below 14 days of age from traveling in nonpressurized aircraft, we have gradually lowered this requirement so that medical directors of most of the certificated commercial airlines have

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