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November 1979


Author Affiliations

Project Director

Arch Neurol. 1979;36(12):731. doi:10.1001/archneur.1979.00500480005001

On Aug 16, 1977, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) solicited a proposal from the American Medical Association for an authoritative document concerning the current state of knowledge about selected neurological and neurosurgical conditions. This report was required in connection with FAA review of regulatory standards, examination procedures, and decisions about medical certification of airman applicants.

AMA received the FAA proposal on Aug 22, and Drs Asher J. Finkel and Richard J. Jones asked the staff of AMA's Department of Environmental, Public, and Occupational Health to consider it. We noted the proposal called for a technical dissertation that outlined plans for the initiation and implementation of the report, together with a time schedule and cost estimates. Of critical importance was the very short deadline, Sept 30, for final approval and acceptance by FAA of an AMA proposal.

There were several reasons why department staff accepted the challenge. First, we believed AMA