Extremes: Life, Death and the Limits of the Human Body. Kevin Fong

By Kevin Fong

'If you must be aware of what the human physique can take, and why we needs to proceed to push ourselves past the restrict within the identify of exploration, then learn this book.' Professor Brian Cox In anaesthetist Dr Kevin Fong's tv programmes he has usually confirmed the influence of extremes at the human physique through the use of his personal physique as a 'guinea pig'. So Dr Fong is definitely put to proportion his event of the sheer audacity of clinical perform at severe physiological limits, the place human lifestyles is balanced on a knife aspect. via gripping money owed of impressive occasions and pioneering drugs, Dr Fong explores how our physique responds whilst validated through the extremes of warmth and chilly, vacuum and altitude, age and affliction. He indicates how technological know-how, expertise and drugs have taken what used to be deadly on this planet and made it survivable. this isn't just a ebook approximately medication, but additionally approximately exploration in its broadest feel - and approximately how, by means of probing the very limits of our biology, we might eventually go back with a greater appreciation of ways bodies paintings, of what existence is, and what it potential to be human.

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