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In each of the countries at war there is a fully established Air Medical Service. Early in the development of the Aviation Service of our Allies, and even earlier in the German Air Service, it was found essential to create a medical department as an integral part of the Air Force. The French and the Italians for the past year have had well-organized Air Medical Services, which include in their personnel many of the foremost specialists of these respective countries. The British, whose Royal Air Force exists as a separate arm of the service, have a separate Air Medical Service with a Surgeon General of Aeronautics. In our own Service, this work has been effectively handled by a division of the Surgeon General’s Office, assigned as a part of the Division of Military Aeronautics.

Aviation is new, and the Air Medical Service even newer; so that for educational purposes the director of Military Aeronautics deemed it advisable to issue this book. Its object is to set forth Aviation’s debt to Medicine and to make clear the part played by the Air Medical Service in the “winning of the war in the air.”

The book is presented in two parts. Part I, is a shorter statement of the essential facts which are of immediate general interest. Part II goes into greater detail and is for the information of those who belong to the Air Medical Service or of those who desire to make a more thorough study of this new work.

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Washington Government Printing Office


Aeronautics, Military -- United States; Aerospace Medicine; Air pilots -- United States; Aviation; McFarland collection; Medicine, Military; Physical Fitness; United States, Air Force; United States Army; World War, 1914-1918


Arts and Humanities | History | United States History

Air Service Medical Manual : War Department. Air Service. Division of Military Aeronautics, Washington, D.C.