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Motion Sickness and Disorientation in Vehicles

John F. Golding and Michael A. Gresty

in Oxford Textbook of Vertigo and Imbalance

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Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199608997
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754227 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199608997.003.0028

Series: Oxford Textbooks in Clinical Neurology

Motion Sickness and Disorientation in Vehicles

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Much of the content of this book concerns the characteristics of the person who has become ill as a consequence of vestibular or related disease. By contrast, we discuss the response of the normal person in environments beyond everyday pedestrian experience. This dichotomy could be thought of ‘The sick person in the healthy environment versus the healthy person in a sick environment’. We first deal with motion sickness, a universal experience which may become a problem in the susceptible individual or in extreme environments. Secondly we address the problem of disorientation. Spatial disorientation is familiar in the specialised occupations of pilots, astronauts and divers. However, recently we have observed similar problems in users of road vehicles which have been severe enough to have attracted clinical attention.

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Subjects: Neurology

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