Surviving the Extremes

Author: Kenneth Kamler
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312280772
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A physician, NASA consultant, and expert on the extreme conditions that confront the human body journeys into six inhospitable environments to examine the reaction of the body to heat, cold, pressure, starvation, and exhaustion and its own innate survival

Last Breath

Author: Peter Stark
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780345449528
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Sudden, extreme deaths have always fascinated us-- and now more than ever as athletes and travelers rise to the challenges of high-risk sports and journeys on the edge. In this spellbinding book, veteran travel and outdoor sports writer Peter Stark reenacts the dramas of what happens inside our bodies, our minds, and our souls when we push ourselves to the absolute limits of human endurance. Combining the adrenaline high of extreme sports with the startling facts of physiological reality, Stark narrates a series of outdoor adventure stories in which thrill can cross the line to mortal peril. Each death or brush with death is at once a suspense story, a cautionary tale, and a medical thriller. Stark describes in unforgettable detail exactly what goes through the mind of a cross-country skier as his body temperature plummets-- apathy at ninety-one degrees, stupor at ninety. He puts us inside the body of a doomed kayaker tumbling helplessly underwater for two minutes, five minutes, ten minutes. He conjures up the physiology of a snowboarder frantically trying not to panic as he consumes the tiny pocket of air trapped around his face under thousands of pounds of snow. These are among the dire situations that Stark transforms into harrowing accounts of how our bodies react to trauma, how reflexes and instinct compel us to fight back, and how, why, and when we let go of our will to live. In an increasingly tamed and homogenized world, risk is not only a means of escape but a path to spirituality. As Peter Stark writes, "You must try to understand death intimately and prepare yourself for death in order to live a full and satisfying life." In this fascinating, informative book, Stark reveals exactly what we’re getting ourselves into when we choose to live-- and die-- at the extremes of endurance.

Extreme Medicine

Author: Kevin Fong
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0143126296
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"Published in Great Britain under the title Extremes: life, death and the limits of the human body by Hodder & Stoughton. First published in the United States of America by The Penguin Press, 2014."--Title page verso.

Life at the Extremes

Author: Frances Ashcroft
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520234208
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From the oxygen-deprived heights of Everest to the high-pressure ocean depths, the limits of human endurance are probed in this fascinating look at the borderlands of physical potential.

Extreme Encounters

Author: Greg Emmanuel
Publisher: Quirk Books
ISBN: 9781931686006
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Provides descriptions in the second person of what it is like to experience a variety of dangerous events, from wilderness disasters, medical emergencies, and everyday accidents to execution.

Performing in Extreme Environments

Author: Lawrence E. Armstrong
Publisher: Human Kinetics 1
ISBN: 9780880118378
Format: PDF
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Do you work or exercise in intense heat, frigid cold, high altitude, deep water, or polluted air? If so, Dr. Lawrence Armstrong will help you perform in those elements. This one-of-a-kind reference is your best guide to surviving and thriving in harsh environmental conditions.

Survival

Author: Xavier Maniguet
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780816025183
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Provides information on how to survive the major threats to human life, cold, heat, thirst, and physical exertion, and provides tips about how to survive in a group

The Roots of Ayurveda

Author: D. Wujastyk
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780140448245
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The author presents an illuminating translation of ancient texts that reveal the origins of yoga, homeopathy, and holistic medicine.

What Patients Taught Me

Author: Audrey Young
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
ISBN: 1570616582
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Do sleek high-tech hospitals teach more about medicine and less about humanity? Do doctors ever lose their tolerance for suffering? With sensitive observation and graceful prose, this book explores some of the difficult and deeply personal questions a 23-year-old doctor confronts with her very first dying patient, and continues to struggle with as she strives to become a good doctor. In her travels, the doctor attends to terminal illness, AIDS, tuberculosis, and premature birth in small rural communities throughout the world.