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The biology of human survival : life and death in extreme environments

Author: Claude A Piantadosi
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2003.
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"The Biology of Human Survival identifies the key determinants of life or death in extreme environments from a physiologist's perspective, integrating modern concepts of stress, tolerance, and adaptation into explanations of life under nature's most austere conditions. In illustrating how human biology adapts to extremes, the book also explains how we learn to cope by blending behavior and biology, first by trial  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Claude A Piantadosi
ISBN: 0195165012 9780195165012
OCLC Number: 469734469
Notes: Bibliogr. [p. 247-254]. Index.
Description: XIV-263 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. The Human Environment 1 --
2. Survival and Adaptation 10 --
3. Cross-Acclimation 21 --
4. Food for Thought 29 --
5. Water and Salt 41 --
6. Water That Makes Men Mad 54 --
7. Tolerance to Heat 63 --
8. Endless Oceans of Sand 78 --
9. Hypothermia 89 --
10. Life and Death on the Crystal Desert 99 --
11. Survival in Cold Water 119 --
12. Air as Good as We Deserve 129 --
13. Bends and Rapture of the Deep 140 --
14. Sunken Submarines 152 --
15. Climbing Higher 164 --
16. Into the Wild Blue Yonder 181 --
17. G Whiz 193 --
18. The Gravity of Microgravity 203 --
19. Weapons of Mass Destruction 212 --
20. Human Prospects for Colonizing Space 227.
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This book explains how humans can live in extreme environments from a physiologist's perspective, using modern concepts of stress, tolerance and adaptation. It examines how individuals cope with life  Read more...

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Piantadosi's book is a superb primer in the field and deserves a very wide readership. * Physiology News, Number 55, Summer 2004 * This is an engaging and accessible work of intellectual synthesis Read more...

 
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