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Contributions of aeromedical research to flight and biomedical science.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3778400     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Pilot and plane capabilities to withstand high-Gz combat maneuvers are tactically important. Sustained 10-15 Gz capabilities of current and future planes outstrip safe physiologic limits in spite of the combined use of World War II-vintage straining maneuvers and relatively ineffective anti-G suits to prevent losses of vision and consciousness. However, the extreme arterial pressure increases needed to maintain cerebral blood flow (e.g. 400 mm Hg at heart level during exposures to 13.5 G when sitting upright) carry risks of anatomic damage to the circulatory system and rupture of air-containing, essentially unprotectable, lungs. These could be minimized, and incapacitating losses of consciousness avoided, by use of horizontal positions designed to eliminate heart-to-head hydrostatic gradients. Development of a prone-position cockpit with a counterweighted, forward-looking head support plus optical-electronically aided all-directional visibility is the most physiologic, safest, and surest way to achieve this goal.
E H Wood
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Aviation, space, and environmental medicine     Volume:  57     ISSN:  0095-6562     ISO Abbreviation:  Aviat Space Environ Med     Publication Date:  1986 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-12-18     Completed Date:  1986-12-18     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7501714     Medline TA:  Aviat Space Environ Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  A13-23     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
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MeSH Terms
Acceleration / adverse effects
Aerospace Medicine*
Gravity Suits
Unconsciousness / etiology,  prevention & control
Erratum In:
Aviat Space Environ Med 1987 Jul;58(7):706

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