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Planes and ailing brains
  1. Joseph I Sirven
  1. Correspondence to Professor J I Sirven, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic Hospital, 5E Neurology/Epilepsy, 5777 East Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85054, USA; sirven.joseph{at}

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The number of air travellers continues to steadily rise. The commercial airline industry will transport approximately 1 billion US passengers in the year 2011 alone.1 With that increase in both the number of travellers on planes, the ageing population as a whole and the sheer volume of individuals who may have a medical condition, it is not surprising that in-flight medical emergencies are relatively commonplace. However, what is often not appreciated by the flying public is how disproportionately neurological conditions are reflected in those in-flight medical emergencies. Cánovas et al2 from the Department of Neurology …

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