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Title: Taking care in the air: jet air travel and passenger health, a study of British Overseas Airways Corporation (1940-1974)
Authors: Budd, Lucy C.S.
Bell, Morag
Warren, Adam P.
Keywords: Aviation medicine
Airline passenger health
Commercial aviation
Medical history
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: © Oxford University Press
Citation: BUDD, L.C.S., BELL, M. and WARREN, A.P., 2012. Taking care in the air: jet air travel and passenger health, a study of British Overseas Airways Corporation (1940-1974). Social History of Medicine, 25 (2), pp. 446-461.
Abstract: This paper explores an aspect of medical history that has been overlooked in existing academic studies of commercial air travel, and advances a new historiography of airline passenger health and commercial aviation medicine. The introduction of jet-powered passenger aircraft by British Overseas Airways Corporation (B.O.A.C.) in 1952 presented a new set of epidemiological, chronobiological, and physiological passenger health concerns. These resulted from the increased size, speed, range, and cruising altitude of commercial jet aircraft. Drawing on extensive archival research, this paper explores the nature of these ‘new’ aeromedical challenges. It places them within the context of much earlier concerns about healthy travel, including military interest in the influence of flight on the human body. Focusing on B.O.A.C., the paper examines the ways in which one major airline responded to the passenger health challenges jet air travel posed, and assesses the extent to which B.O.A.C.’s responses transformed practices of aviation medicine.
Description: This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Social History of Medicine, following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/shm/hkr115
Version: Accepted version
DOI: 10.1093/shm/hkr115
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/9882
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/shm/hkr115
ISSN: 0951-631X
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