By John B. West
The historical past of high-altitude body structure and drugs is this kind of wealthy and colourful subject that it's fantastic nobody has undertaken a entire account prior to. From the early balloonists to numerous high-altitude expeditions, culminating within the nice feat of hiking Mount Everest with no supplementary oxygen, the elemental organic problem of hypoxia has underpinned the human event at excessive altitude. Of key significance in numerous parts of medication together with pulmonology, serious care, anesthesiology and cardiology, this subject is additionally of common curiosity to different existence sciences similar to biology and ecology, simply because hypoxia is encountered by means of many organisms during the animal kingdom.
High Life covers the subject from its earliest beginnings with the Greeks to the final or 3 years, and highlights many geographical destinations, corresponding to China, Japan, India and Russia. together with 185 illustrations, over 800 references, and 3 appendixes detailing the chronology of major occasions, databases of high-altitude courses, tables of high-altitude destinations, an inventory of classical books at the subject and narratives of classical and smooth high-altitude expeditions, this publication is a accomplished reference textual content which will be of price to an individual drawn to excessive altitude and hypoxia.
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