RESEARCH OF THE SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE AND REPORTS ON THE EFFECTS OF MAN OF ALCOHOL ALONE AND IN COMBINATION WITH OTHER DRUGS
Final rept. May 1962-May 1963
ARCTIC AEROMEDICAL LAB FORT WAINWRIGHT AK
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The review of medical and scientific literature was undertaken to establish what knowledge was existent regarding effects of alcohol and other drugs in the presence of reduced environmental temperatures on the behavior of animals and man. The gathering, classifying, and reviewing of this literature was necessary to determine whether further work should be done in this area. The paramount problem was to determine whether reduced environmental temperatures such as might be expected in environments in which Air Force personnel would be operating in their world-wide mission were a factor which should be considered in predicting behavior, following the ingestion of alcohol, taking of drugs or exposure to other agents which might have effects on the central nervous system. This review was accomplished in part by direct reference to journals dealing with the action of drugs and environmental agents, and in part by reference to standard abstracting sources. Special attention was paid to material appearing in the Quarterly Journal of Studies on Alcohol. Special attention was directed toward the pharmacology, physiology, effects on the nervous system, and behavior following acute or repeated intake of alcohol. Practically no information was available concerning the effect of the environment, drugs and chemicals, especially as regards reduced temperatures.
- Medicine and Medical Research