Surviving The Extremes: What Happens To The Body And Mind At The Limits Of Human Endurance

Paperback | December 28, 2004

byKenneth Kamler

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A true-life scientific thriller no reader will forget, Surviving the Extremes takes us to the farthest reaches of the earth as well as into the uncharted territory within the human body, spirit, and brain. A vice president of the legendary Explorers Club, as well as surgeon, explorer, and masterful storyteller, Dr. Kenneth Kamler has spent years discovering what happens to the human body in extreme environmental conditions. Divided into six sections—jungle, high seas, desert, underwater, high altitude, and outer space—this book uses firsthand testimony and documented accounts to investigate the science of what a body goes through and explains why people survive—and why they sometimes don’t.

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A true-life scientific thriller no reader will forget, Surviving the Extremes takes us to the farthest reaches of the earth as well as into the uncharted territory within the human body, spirit, and brain. A vice president of the legendary Explorers Club, as well as surgeon, explorer, and masterful storyteller, Dr. Kenneth Kamler has s...

Dr. Kenneth Kamler is a microsurgeon and the author of Doctor on Everest, his account of being the only physician on Mt. Everest during the Into Thin Air expedition. He has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, 48 Hours, and CNN and profiled in The New York Times and USA Today. He was named a “best doctor” by New York magazine and l...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.4 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:December 28, 2004Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143034510

ISBN - 13:9780143034513

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've read it three times and can't wait to read it again. For a docter he makes a great writer! Working and being lost in the middle of the amazon (Using ant heads as sutures), running through the sahara, cannibalism at high sees, and the many ways to die on Everest. Kamler makes good use of metaphores to give the reader an uderstanding of how the body reacts under extreme circumstances. -An absolutley hypnotizing read!
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"An absorbing account combining science and exploration as humans confront environmental extremes…" —Los Angeles Times

"Powerful, moving, and very real." —Oliver Sacks