Medicine: Way Station to Space

To help them decide what type of man should be chosen to venture into space and how he should be trained, U.S. Air Force researchers turned to people who have been living for centuries at a way station toward space: the Indians of the High Andes. In San Antonio last week, Physiologist Robert T. Clark reported to the Second International Symposium on the Physics and Medicine of the Atmosphere and Space (see SCIENCE) that a valuable lesson has been learned from the Indians at Morococha (pop. 8,500), a mining town in Peru's central Andean highlands.

At 14,900 ft. elevation, Morococha has an...

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