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aerospace medicine

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The branch of medical specialization that focuses on the health of air crews and passengers in aircraft and space vehicles and their support personnel. Aerospace medicine emphasizes applied physiology and physiological adaptation to changes in atmospheric pressure and gravitational forces. Exposure to volatile toxic fumes from aviation fuel is another concern. The interfaces with public health include many aspects of preventive medicine and detection and control of dangerous contagious diseases that can be transported from one country to another by air crew, passengers, or insect vectors carried by long-distance aircraft.

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