High Life

A History of High-Altitude Physiology and Medicine

Authors: West, John B

  • Features a complete history of high-altitude physiology and medicine
  • Comprehensive reference text which should be of value to anyone interested in high altitude and hypoxia
  • Including 185 illustrations
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The history of high-altitude physiology and medicine is such a rich and colorful topic that it is surprising no one has undertaken a comprehensive account before. From the early balloonists to various high-altitude expeditions, culminating in the great feat of climbing Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen, the basic biological challenge of hypoxia has underpinned the human experience at high altitude. Of key importance in several areas of medicine including pulmonology, critical care, anesthesiology and cardiology, this topic is also of general interest to other life sciences such as biology and ecology, because hypoxia is encountered by many organisms throughout the animal kingdom.
High Life covers the topic from its earliest beginnings with the Greeks to the last two or three years, and highlights many geographical locations, such as China, Japan, India and Russia. Including 185 illustrations, over 800 references, and three appendixes detailing the chronology of main events, databases of high-altitude publications, tables of high-altitude locations, a list of classical books on the topic and narratives of classical and modern high-altitude expeditions, this book is a comprehensive reference text which should be of value to anyone interested in high altitude and hypoxia.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • From Classical Greece to the End of the Seventeenth Century

    West, John B.

    Pages 1-39

  • Eighteenth Century to Paul Bert

    West, John B.

    Pages 40-73

  • Early High-Altitude Stations and Field Studies

    West, John B.

    Pages 74-99

  • Oxygen Transfer by Lung and Blood, and the Controversy on Oxygen Secretion

    West, John B.

    Pages 100-131

  • History of High-Altitude Diseases

    West, John B.

    Pages 132-163

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
High Life
Book Subtitle
A History of High-Altitude Physiology and Medicine
Authors
Copyright
1998
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
American Physiological Society
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-7573-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-7573-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
493
Additional Information
Originally Published by Oxford University Press 1988
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