Surviving the Extremes: A Doctor's Journey to the Limits of Human Endurance

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Hachette Australia, Jan 1, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 324 pages
Surgeon, VP of The Explorer's Club, veteran of Everest climbs (such as the one documented in INTO THIN AIR, on which he was attending physician). NASA consultant and the world's foremost extreme doctor, Ken Kamler knows what happens when bodies are pushed to their limits and beyond. He has hung from ice crevasses and pushed himself into pitch-black underwater caves, and seen who survived and who didn't. There are those who can cut off their arms to save their lives and those who cannot. This captivating book takes readers into six environments: underwater, water surface, jungle, desert, high altitude and outer space. Kamler explores the body's reactions to heat, cold, pressure, starvation and exhaustion and reveals its miraculous survival strategies. Here is a scientific nail-biter that takes readers where no 'reality' television show who dare to go, and proves in intimate, harrowing and unforgettable detail what surival really means.

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Dr. Kamler has climbed Everest and explored the Amazon. He uses his own experiences to explain how the human body interacts with its environment. He details the bends, seasickness, hypothermia, a ... Read full review

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This was a fascinating book! I knew I would like it when I bought it for my ‘human variation’ class a few months ago. I didn’t know it until just two minutes ago but Ken talks about a tragedy on ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Kenneth Kamler, MD, is an American surgeon. He has worked in some of the most extreme conditions on the planet, consulted for NASA, and is the author of DOCTOR ON EVEREST and SURVIVING THE EXTREMES.

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