1st Edition

Handbook of Aviation and Space Medicine
First Edition

ISBN 9781138617865
Published May 14, 2019 by CRC Press
422 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations

USD $69.95

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Book Description

This highly practical guide is ideal for any medical professional who deals with the aerospace environment or is involved in the healthcare of aircrew or individuals preparing for or returning from aerospace travel. The book covers all the main aspects of aerospace medicine, including the salient physiology and clinical aspects in note form for rapid assimilation, and makes plentiful use of figures, algorithms and tables throughout.

Key Features:

• Comprehensive covering all aspects of clinical aerospace medicine and relevant physiology

• Note-based for rapid reference in the clinical setting

• Highly practical with illustrations and tables supporting the text throughout

• From a highly experienced international team of editors and contributors

• Ideal as a handbook companion, complementing the definitive reference Ernsting’s Aviation and Space Medicine, for use ‘on the go’

The book will be an indispensable companion to all civil and military aviation medicine practitioners including those preparing for professional qualifying examinations, and a useful aid for other physicians with an interest in aviation medicine or who are required to inform patients regularly regarding the likely effects of flight, including family practitioners and hospital doctors, physiologists with an interest in the area and occupational and public health personnel.

Table of Contents

1. Fixed wing aircraft. 2. Rotary wing operations. 3. Maritime aviation. 4. Parachuting. 5. Remotely piloted aircraft systems. 6. Space flight. 7. Pressure change. 8. Sub-atmospheric decompression illness. 9. Acute hypoxia and hyperventilation. 10. Prevention of hypoxia. 11. The pressure cabin and oxygen systems. 12. Loss of cabin pressure and rapid decompression. 13. High-altitude protection. 14. Cosmic radiation. 15. Acceleration physiology. 16. Prevention of G-LOC. 17. Short-duration acceleration. 18. Restraint systems and escape from aircraft. 19. Human physiology and the thermal environment. 20. Aircrew equipment - General. 21. Aircrew equipment - Head injury and protection. 22. Aircrew equipment - Thermal protection and survival. 23. Noise, hearing and vibration. 24. Hearing protection and communication. 25. Vision. 26. Visual systems. 27. Spatial orientation and disorientation in flight. 28. Motion sickness. 29. Human systems integration (HSI). 30. Selection and training. 321. The flight deck and cockpit. 32. Human factors and crew resource management. 33. Fatigue and countermeasures. 34. Errors and accidents. 35. Accident investigation. 36. Assessing risk and making decisions. 37. Medication in aircrew. 38. International regulation of medical standards. 39. Aircrew medicals. 40. Anthropometry. 41. The health of the cabin crew. 42. Air traffic control. 43. Passenger fitness to fly. 44. Travel health and infectious diseases. 45. Aviation public health. 46. Planning for aeromedical evacuation. 47. Clinical considerations in prolonged aeromedical transfer. 48. Hypertension. 49. Atherosclerosis. 50. Congenital heart disease. 51. Valvular heart disease. 52. Heart muscle disease. 53. Arrhythmias and electrophysiology. 54. Cardiac investigations. 55. Respiratory disease. 56. Gastroenterology. 57. Metabolic and endocrine disorders. 58. Malignant disease. 59. Renal disease and aviation. 60. Neurological disease. 61. Ear, nose and throat. 62. Orthopaedics. 63. Haematology. 64. Aviation psychiatry.

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Wing Commander Nicholas Green is Whittingham Professor in Aviation Medicine, RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine, RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire, UK

Colonel Steven Gaydos is a US Army Senior Aviator and Master Flight Surgeon Board Certified in Aerospace, Occupational and Emergency Medicine, Director of Graduate Medical Education, US Army School of Aviation Medicine, Fort Rucker, Alabama, USA

Dr Ewan Hutchison is Consultant in Aviation and Occupational Medicine and Head of Medical Assessment at the Civil Aviation Authority, Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, UK

Wing Commander Edward Nicol is Consultant Cardiologist, Chair of the NATO Aviation Cardiology Group and the RAF Consultant Advisor in Medicine, Aviation Medicine Clinical Service, RAF Centre of Aviation Medicine, RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire, UK


This is not a reading book but one to refer to. It gives excellent guidelines to various problems and conditions. It covers the broad spectrum of our speciality from the ground to outer space. It is not a book to use to make a diagnosis but, if the diagnosis is known, then, it explains, in a brief format, what to do to get a pilot back to flying duties and what medication is permitted. It lists what the aviation regulations are and what an aviation medical examiner does. There are also good instructions and checklists on how to get a passenger/casualty, very ill or otherwise, flown safely back to a full medical facility. The explanations are precise and in a format that will help anyone remember them for future use and reference.

Dr Ian Perry
The Royal Aeronautical Society