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December 7, 1984

Shared Values

JAMA. 1984;252(21):3017. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350210063036

Flight 2, one hour out of Honolulu over the Pacific bound for Chicago, was at 37,000 feet when the page went out over the intercom for a physician to come to the forward section of the plane: "We have an emergency."

Surrounded by flight attendants, Jack was a 57-year-old man who had become nauseated, vomited, and moments later passed out. He was awake now and alert but ashen gray. His pulse was regular and strong. He said he had been nauseated all day and just not feeling good. No pain.

He had a history of hypertension for ten years and was taking Dyazide once a day. His wife said he was healthy otherwise. His home was in a small Illinois town.

After five minutes and some oxygen, his color improved a little. We moved him back to one of the bulkheads, where he could lie down. His pulse remained strong