A STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF THE MEDICAL COMPLAINTS OF FLYING PERSONNEL AT THE NAVAL AIR STATION, PENSACOLA, FLA.
NAVAL SCHOOL OF AVIATION MEDICINE PENSACOLA FLA
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The complaints of flying personnel recorded in the medical logs at the several dispensaries were analyzed for the period Feb. 1 to Aug. 1, 1942. During this time both primary and intermediate flying training were in progress. The average number of students and instructors was 2240, and 15,859 separate complaints were logged repeated visits for the same complaint were not counted. Although most of the complaints were not of a serious character, yet they were responsible for a loss of much flying time. Airsickness, and some of the injuries, colds, headaches, fatigue states, and psychological disorders were clearly related to flying. The psychiatrical problems were the most important and were discovered, for the most part, indirectly, i.e., because of abnormal behavior and difficulties in flying. Airsickness and over-fatigue were also frequent and important complaints. The extremely low incidence of serious organic disease, including venereal infection, is noteworthy. Author