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Logo of procrsmedFormerly medchtJournal of the Royal Society of MedicineProceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine
Proc R Soc Med. 1939 March; 32(5): 455–472.
PMCID: PMC1997529

Preventive Medicine in Relation to Aviation

(United Services Section)


Introduction—The progress of aviation.

The protection of communities against diseases liable to be imported by aircraft.

Relationship between the incubation period of infectious diseases and time taken by air journeys to distant lands.

Administrative measures for the sanitary control of air-traffic:—

The International Sanitary Convention for Aerial Navigation (1993).

The role of the Office International d'Hygiène Publique, and the Health Organization of the League of Nations.

The Public Health (Aircraft) Regulations, 1938.

Types of aerodromes for sanitary purposes.

Practical measures for the sanitary control of aerodromes and aircraft especially as regards insects, passengers, and freight.

Possible transmission of yellow fever by aircraft: antimeasures, including vaccination.

The protection of flying personnel against diseases due to flying.

(a) Vision—glare; ocular fatigue of night and blind flying; blacking-out; night blindness.

(b) Hearing — noise; aerial telephony; middle-ear deafness, and excessive vestibular stimulation.

(c) Respiration—oxygen want.

(d) Fatigue.

(e) Digestion—ballooning of stomach; air-sickness; rations for long-distance flights; water supply.

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