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Principles and Practice of Aviation Medicine

Armstrong, Harry G.

Published by The Williams & Wilkins Company, Baltimore, 1942
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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24 cm. xii, 496, [4] pages. Illustrations. Occasional footnotes. Index. Bookplate. Ink name inside front board. DJ worn with large tear. Harry George Armstrong ( 1899 - 1983) was a major general in the United States Air Force, a physician, and an airman. He is widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of aviation medicine. The "Armstrong Limit", the altitude above which water boils at the temperature of the human body, is named after him. Armstrong served in the Marines during World War I and the army and air force from 1930 to 1957. As director of the United States Aeromedical Research Laboratory, he applied his medical and aviation knowledge to the improvement of aircrew protection from temperature extremes and the lack of oxygen at high altitude. In June 1949, he was assigned to air force headquarters at Washington, D.C., as Deputy Surgeon General of the U.S. Air Force, and the following December was designated surgeon general. Armstrong was promoted to brigadier general. The modern pressurized aircraft is a direct result Armstrong's work at Wright Field. Dr. Armstrong was solely responsible for creating the medical criteria used in the design of both the XC-35 pressurized military airplane and the pressurized stratocruiser developed by TWA for commercial aviation. Among the many innovations that Dr. Armstrong pioneered at Wright Field were crash helmets, shoulder-type safety belts and a horizontal altitude chamber. He also discovered that blood boils at 63,000 feet, an altitude limit know known as "Armstrong's Line" and he published 45 original research reports and 31 medical journal articles. During World War II, Dr. Armstrong was named Command Flight Surgeon of the Eighth Air Force in England. In England, Armstrong's efforts greatly reduced the physiological incidents and mortality rates among aircrews. His techniques for rescues at sea, protection from hypoxia and other efforts are credited with saving the lives of over 2,000 aviators. Bookseller Inventory # 22145

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Title: Principles and Practice of Aviation Medicine

Publisher: The Williams & Wilkins Company, Baltimore

Publication Date: 1942

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: poor

Edition: Fourth Printing.

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