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In the autumn of 1940, the National Research Council Division of Medical Sciences established the Committee on Aviation Medicine to work towards increasing the effectiveness and safety of fliers operating under rapidly changing conditions of aerial warfare. The committee, headed by Eugene DuBois of Cornell Medical College, worked closely with the civilian Office of Scientific Research and Development's Committee on Medical Research in studying motion sickness, the effects of high altitude flying and acceleration, and structural design for crash survival.
The Committee on Aviation Medicine collection contains correspondence, reports and meeting minutes for the period 1940-1945, and spans 20 linear feet.