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A comprehensive update to this preeminent and accessible text, this fifth edition of a bestseller was developed as a response to man's attempts to climb unaided to higher altitudes and to spend more time in these conditions for both work and recreation. It describes the ever-expanding challenges that doctors face in dealing with the changes in human physiology and particular medical conditions that arise from exposure to altitude and cold.
The highly respected authors of this fifth edition are internationally recognized for their academic research in the field, and are all experienced mountaineering physicians who have dealt with illness and accidents in high places. They continue to provide a text that will help physicians to improve the health and safety of all people who visit, live, or work in cold and thin air conditions experienced in high mountains.
High Altitude Medicine and Physiology is invaluable for any doctor accompanying an expedition or advising patients on a visit to high altitudes, physicians specializing in illness and accidents in high places, and physiologists who study our dependence on oxygen and the adaptation of the body to altitude.
Geography and the human response to altitude
Genetics at high altitude
Altitude acclimatization and deterioration
Control of breathing at high altitude
Pulmonary gas exchange
Blood-gas transport and acid-base balance
Limiting factors at extreme altitude
Nutrition, metabolism and intestinal function
Endocrine and renal systems at altitude
Central nervous system
High altitude populations
Acute mountain sickness
High altitude cerebral edema
High altitude pulmonary edema
Chronic mountain sickness and high altitude pulmonary hypertension
Other altitude-related conditions: thromboembolemic diseases, neurologic conditions, ophthalmologic conditions, altitude cough, anesthesia at altitude
The physiology and medical aspects of heat and cold
Pre-existing medical conditions at altitude
Women at altitude
Extremes of age at altitude: children and the elderly
Commercial, scientific and military activities at high altitude
Athletes and altitude
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