The National Research Council is asking physicians to help in obtaining data on the nature, location and severity of injuries sustained by victims of "survivable" aircraft accidents. Except in accidents of hopeless severity, survival can—and often does—occur. People frequently survive serious crashes without dangerous injuries; serious or fatal lesions often occur in moderate accidents. Study of the factors that allow survival may aid in lessening dangers in aircraft and automobile accidents.
Research on injuries in crashes was begun in 1942 by the National Research Council working with the Safety Bureau of the Civil Aeronautics Board and study groups in the Army Air Forces and the Navy. The research was pioneered and is being carried on at Cornell University Medical College, in consultation with members of the staff of Cornell and the New York Hospital. Results already available indicate that the ability of the human body to withstand crash force has