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Theoretical analysis of acceleration-induced central nervous system ischemia

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Whinnery, J.E. ; US Naval Air Dev. Center, Warminster, PA, USA

The mechanism responsible for the +G/sub z/-induced loss of consciousness (G-LOC) experienced by fighter pilots is investigated. The nature of a G-LOC episode is described for cases of rapid onset. Evidence suggests that the G-LOC mechanism might be closely related to the mechanism for sleep. A theory of G-LOC that treats it as a protective physiological mechanism is proposed.<>

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:10 ,  Issue: 1 )