Surviving the Extremes : What Happens to the Human Body at the Limits of Human Endurance

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/28/2004
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
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A true-life scientific thriller no reader will forget, Surviving the Extremestakes us to the farthest reaches of the earth as well as into the uncharted territory within the human body, spirit, and brain. A vice president of the legendary Explorers Club, as well as surgeon, explorer, and masterful storyteller, Dr. Kenneth Kamler has spent years discovering what happens to the human body in extreme environmental conditions. Divided into six sections—jungle, high seas, desert, underwater, high altitude, and outer space—this book uses firsthand testimony and documented accounts to investigate the science of what a body goes through and explains why people survive—and why they sometimes don’t.

Author Biography

Dr. Kenneth Kamler is a microsurgeon and the author of Doctor on Everest, his account of being the only physician on Mt. Everest during the Into Thin Air expedition. He has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, 48 Hours, and CNN and profiled in The New York Times and USA Today. He was named a -ôbest doctor-ö by New York magazine and lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Prologue in Extremis 1(16)
Jungle the Most Competitive Arena on Earth
High Seas the Moving Wilderness
Desert the Marathon of Sands
Underwater the Pull of the Deep
High Altitude in the Kingdom of the Gods
Outer Space Going Over the Edge
Conclusion the Will to Survive
Notes and Bibliography 293(10)
Acknowledgments 303(8)
Index 311

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