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Aviat Space Environ Med. 1989 Dec;60(12):1199-201.

A flight surgeon's personal view of an emerging illness.


The personal experience of a retired Air Force flight surgeon and instrument-rated civilian pilot with an illness that has achieved recent prominence in both the popular and medical press is recounted. The author believes that the illness is widely prevalent and its incidence is increasing. His experience and conviction is that, during certain phases of the illness, both cognitive dysfunction and orthostatic intolerance occur that can pose grave safety risks in the aviation environment, and must be taken seriously by the practicing flight surgeon. As in all emerging illnesses, clinical experience and judgment must precede more definitive proof of the effects of this illness.

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