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Breathing on the Roof of the World

Memoir of a Respiratory Physiologist

Authors: West, John B

  • Offers surprising insights into the author's animated and varied life
  • Gives a summary of two whole Himalaya expeditions
  • Explains the author's part in an extensive space program
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About this book

This book is an informal autobiography by John West MD PhD. He obtained his medical degree in Adelaide, Australia and then spent 15 years mainly at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital in London where he, with others, used radioactive oxygen-15 to make the first description of the uneven regional distribution of blood flow in the lung.

 In 1960-1961, he was a member of the Himalayan Scientific and Mountaineering Expedition led by Sir Edmund Hillary who had made the first ascent of Mt Everest 7 years before. During the expedition about 6 scientists spent up to three months at an altitude of 5800 m studying the effects of this very high altitude on human physiology.

 Because of his interests in the effects of gravity on the lung, Dr. West spent a year at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California in 1967-1968. While there he submitted a proposal to NASA to measure pulmonary function of astronauts in space, and this was funded. Later, in 1981 he organized the American Medical Research Expedition to Everest during which the first measurements of human physiology on the summit, altitude 8848 m, were obtained. In the 1990’s, Dr. West’s team made the first comprehensive measurements of pulmonary function of astronauts in space using SpaceLab which was taken up in the Shuttle.

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Dr. West's research interests are broad with an emphasis on the physiology of pulmonary gas exchange. He has also worked on the bird lung, pulmonary bleeding in racehorses, and the effects of snorkeling in elephants. His honors include membership of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he has received honorary doctorates from universities in Athens, Barcelona and Ferrara. 

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Early Days, 1928–1945

    West, John B.

    Pages 1-11

  • Adelaide University and Medical Residency, 1946–1953

    West, John B.

    Pages 13-18

  • London and Llandough, 1953–1956

    West, John B.

    Pages 19-31

  • Postgraduate Medical School, 1956–1960

    West, John B.

    Pages 33-44

  • Silver Hut Expedition, 1960–1961

    West, John B.

    Pages 45-60

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  • ISBN 978-1-4939-7121-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Breathing on the Roof of the World
Book Subtitle
Memoir of a Respiratory Physiologist
Authors
Series Title
Springer Biographies
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-4939-7122-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4939-7122-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4939-7121-3
Series ISSN
2365-0613
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 156
Number of Illustrations and Tables
30 b/w illustrations, 37 illustrations in colour
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