To the Editor: Each year 300 million passengers travel on American aircraft. According to figures from the Air Transport Association,1 approximately 100 of these passengers die while aboard, and many more become ill. Since qualified medical personnel are on board on a large number of long-distance nights,2 help should be close at hand. But, if a physician answers the call for help, he or she will find that the plane carries no lifesaving medical equipment and no medications — not even a stethoscope. When asked to treat a serious illness, the physician will be provided with a first-aid kit containing. . . No extract is available for articles shorter than 400 words.
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