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Sometimes, tracking down the various regulations, source documents and educational literature required to competently practice aerospace medicine can be frustrating.  A comprehensive list of required and suggested reading for any flight surgeon or aviation medical examiner will be kept continually up to date at this location.  The historical texts are a fascinating read for any physician interested in the history of military and/or aviation medicine.  Whenever possible, links to where you can either access or purchase the particular writing is provided.

 

TEXTBOOKS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HISTORICAL TEXTS

 

The Hippocratic Oath

The Hippocratic Oath

 

 

LANDMARK PAPERS & ARTICLES

 

Ham the Astro Monkey

Ham the Astro Monkey

Dawson D, Reid K. Fatigue, Alcohol and Performance Impairment. Nature. 1997 Jul 17;388(6639):235.

  • This landmark Australian study was published in the journal, Nature, in 1997. In the study, researchers equated various levels of sleep deprivation with blood alcohol content levels in terms of performance degradation. Obviously, no responsible adult would operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated from alcohol, let alone pilot an aircraft, but what about doing either when fatigued?

Click here to download the full paper.

 

Clements, Thomas I.  The Role of USAF Flight Surgeons During The Vietnam Conflict.  Mar 1987.  

  • An interesting historical context of the USAF flight surgeon with a greater in depth look of the role of the flight doc during the Vietnam Conflict.  The references alone in this research paper written by a former RAM student are worth the read.

Click here to download the full paper.

 

MORE TO COME…