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March 1963

Visual Problems in Aviation Medicine.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1963;69(3):418. doi:10.1001/archopht.1963.00960040424029

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This is a collection of fourteen papers, five of which are writen in the French language. This bilingual approach does not make the book generally attractive to aviation medical examiners nor flight surgeons of the North American continent.

The general emphasis through the book stresses man's limitations physiologically in the new high speed and high altitude aircraft. Electronic precision is required in piloting as these machines demand more accuracy than man's sensory-psycho-motor responses can produce.

An interesting and quite clear discussion is made on empty visual field myopia, a term used to replace the more commonly known expression of space myopia. Problems of the jet pilot, such as cockpit haze, extreme limits of dark and light, and prolonged after-image are discussed. Suggestions are made as to standards of the eye examination for flying personnel. A most interesting point is made on examination of phorias after-fatigue or during relative anoxia to

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