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Author West, John B. (John Burnard)

Title High life : a history of high-altitude physiology and medicine / John B. West.

Published New York : Published for the American Physiological Society by Oxford University Press, 1998.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM BioMed ST  616.0144 WEST    AVAILABLE
Physical description xv, 493 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 434-472) and index.
Contents 1. From Classical Greece to the End of the Seventeenth Century -- 2. Eighteenth Century to Paul Bert -- 3. Early High-Altitude Stations and Field Studies -- 4. Oxygen Transfer by Lung and Blood, and the Controversy on Oxygen Secretion -- 5. History of High-Altitude Diseases -- 6. Early Expeditions to Mt. Everest -- 7. Permanent Residents of High Altitude -- 8. World War II -- 9. First Ascents of Mt. Everest -- 10. Studies in the 1960s and 1970s -- 11. Studies at Extreme Altitude -- 12. Other Recent High-Altitude Studies -- App. 1. Chronology of Main Events -- App. 2. Sources of Information and Bibliographies -- App. 3. Some Important Books in the History of High-Altitude Physiology and Medicine.
Summary The narrative ranges from the earliest beginnings of high-altitude physiology in Ancient Greece, through the early balloonists, the various high-altitude expeditions, and the unforgettable saga of climbing Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen, to the latest developments in the 1990s. The coverage is very broad both chronologically and geographically, with special sections devoted, for example, to China, Japan, India and Russia. The book is profusely illustrated with 185 illustrations and includes over 800 references. Along with collecting the narratives of some of the classical explorations and high-altitude expeditions, High Life: A History of High-Altitude Medicine is a comprehensive and scholarly reference resource. It will be appreciated by physiologists, exercise and sports medicine practitioners, pulmonologists, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, expedition physicians, trainers, and lay readers with an interest in the subject.
Subject Altitude, Influence of -- History.
Mountain sickness -- History.
ISBN 0195121945