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August 15, 1959

The Upper Atmosphere

JAMA. 1959;170(16):2033. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010160149027

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This book is doubly interesting because of the spectacular successes of the recent International Geophysical Year and the increasing importance of aviation in medicine. After an introductory chapter on the necessary fundamentals of physics, there are chapters on the methods used for studying the upper atmosphere (balloons, rockets, sound waves, radio waves), on the ozonosphere and ionosphere, on lights in the night sky (especially the aurora borealis), on regular and irregular magnetic phenomena in the atmosphere, on meteors and cosmic rays, and on artificial satellites. Commendable features are the wealth of new and instructive material in the first chapter, the concreteness of detail in the chapters that follow, the abundance and beauty of the illustrations, and the generally direct and unaffected style. An almost negligible fault is the use of obsolescent units and symbols in the table describing the first six artificial satellites. The bibliography is good and the index

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