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July 1943

Flying Men and Medicine.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1943;30(1):166. doi:10.1001/archopht.1943.00880190184019

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This book is a prospectus for prospective fliers. It is an extremely elementary (high school level) discussion of aviation medicine directed toward youngsters who want to fly. It has no place in an ophthalmologic library. It has a place in a public library or in a high school library, so that those innocent of all knowledge of physiology can with a minimum of effort learn some first elements. It takes its place among the large number of simply written books prepared for lay consumption.

The book consists of an introduction, a foreword and a preface followed by two general divisions, the first considering the "nervous system and contributing parts" and the second dealing with the "other systems of the body." There follows an index. This structure should not be misconstrued as indicating the volume to be a textbook. The author frankly calls it a "story," or a "narrative."

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