The Biology of Human Survival: Life and Death in Extreme Environments by Claude A. PiantadosiThe Biology of Human Survival: Life and Death in Extreme Environments by Claude A. Piantadosi

The Biology of Human Survival: Life and Death in Extreme Environments

byClaude A. Piantadosi

Hardcover | September 17, 2003

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The range of environments in which people can survive is extensive, yet most of the natural world cannot support human life. The Biology of Human Survival identifies the key determinants of life or death in extreme environments from a physiologist's perspective, integrating modern concepts ofstress, tolerance, and adaptation into explanations of life under Nature's most austere conditions. The book examines how individuals survive when faced with extremes of immersion, heat, cold or altitude, emphasizing the body's recognition of stress and the brain's role in optimizing physiologicalfunction in order to provide time to escape or to adapt. 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 and error, then by rigorous scientific observation, and finally by technological innovation.The book describes life-support technology and how it enables humans to enter once unendurable realm, from the depths of the ocean to the upper reaches of the atmosphere and beyond. Finally, it explores the role that advanced technology might play in special environments of the future, such as longjourneys into space.

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Claude A. Piantadosi is at Duke University.

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Title:The Biology of Human Survival: Life and Death in Extreme EnvironmentsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 5.98 × 9.29 × 0.98 inPublished:September 17, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195165012

ISBN - 13:9780195165012

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Table of Contents

1. The Human Environment2. Survival and Adaptation3. Cross-Acclimation4. Food for Thought5. Water and Salt6. Water That Makes Men Mad7. Tolerance to Heat8. Endless Oceans of Sand9. Hypothermia10. Life on the Crystal Desert11. Suvival in Cold Water12. Air as Good as We Deserve13. Bends and Rapture of the Deep14. Sunken Submarines15. Climbing Higher16. Into the Wild Blue Yonder17. G Whiz18. The Gravity of Micro-gravity19. Weapons of Mass Destruction20. Human Prospects for Colonizing Space

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"Piantadosi's book is a superb primer in the field and deserves a very wide readership." --Physiology News