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Aerospace medicine 

Aerospace medicine

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Aerospace medicine
Author(s):

D.M. Denison

and M. Bagshaw

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.090505
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date: 19 August 2017

Travel by air is a safe means of transport, but puts people at various physiological risks and is a potential means of spreading infectious disease.

Physiological risks associated with flying include hypoxia—atmospheric pressure falls with altitude. The minimum cabin pressure in commercial passenger aircraft (565 mmHg, 75.1 kPa) brings a healthy individual’s arterial ...

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