Surviving the Extremes

Author: Kenneth Kamler
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312280772
Format: PDF, Mobi
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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
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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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.

The Third Man Factor

Author: John Geiger
Publisher: Weinstein Books
ISBN: 1602861161
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The Third Man Factor is an extraordinary account of how people at the very edge of death often sense an unseen presence beside them who encourages them to make one final effort to survive. This incorporeal being offers a feeling of hope, protection, and guidance, and leaves the person convinced he or she is not alone. There is a name for this phenomenon: it's called the Third Man Factor. If only a handful of people had ever encountered the Third Man, it might be dismissed as an unusual delusion shared by a few overstressed minds. But over the years, the experience has occurred again and again, to 9/11 survivors, mountaineers, divers, polar explorers, prisoners of war, sailors, shipwreck survivors, aviators, and astronauts. All have escaped traumatic events only to tell strikingly similar stories of having sensed the close presence of a helper or guardian. The force has been explained as everything from hallucination to divine intervention. Recent neurological research suggests something else. Bestselling and award-winning author John Geiger has completed six years of physiological, psychological, and historical research on the Third Man. He blends his analysis with compelling human stories such as that of Ron DiFrancesco, the last survivor to escape the World Trade Center on 9/11; Ernest Shackleton, the legendary explorer whose account of the Third Man inspired T. S. Eliot to write of it in The Waste Land; Jerry Linenger, a NASA astronaut who experienced the Third Man while aboard the Mir space station—and many more. Fascinating for any reader, The Third Man Factor at last explains this secret to survival, a Third Man who—in the words of famed climber Reinhold Messner—“leads you out of the impossible.”

Extreme Encounters

Author: Greg Emmanuel
Publisher: Quirk Books
ISBN: 9781931686006
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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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.

BS MD Programs The Complete Guide

Author: Todd A. Johnson
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 0983213259
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Written by a college counselor who has helped hundreds of students like you become the strongest candidate for BS/MD programs. Includes: • How to find the best program for your needs • The types of essay questions asked by BS/MD programs • Questions asked during medical school interviews • How to be the strongest possible candidate This is the most current and complete guide to BS/MD programs available anywhere. For every program it includes: • Contact information • Application deadlines • Program details • Application requirements • Acceptance rates • Whether it admits international students If you want to get into a BS/MD program, read this book.

Survival

Author: Xavier Maniguet
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780816025183
Format: PDF, Docs
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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

Life at the Extremes

Author: Frances Ashcroft
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520234208
Format: PDF
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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 Medicine

Author: Kevin Fong
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0143126296
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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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.

The Roots of Ayurveda

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