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

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

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    By Michael Gooch "Author of Wingtips with Spurs:... (Texas, USA) - See all my reviews

    A scientific thriller and adventure book in one! My wife bought me this book in 2008 so I am only 1 year late in writing a review (actually opinion). I reread it last month so the details are still fresh.

    First off, the writing is superior in style and content. In fact, some of the lines in the book feel as if they were composed more for a classic piece of literature than a book on survival.

    Next, the credentials of Dr. Kenneth Kamler - surgeon and explorer - are beyond dispute, therefore what he writes, I truly believe. His education and experience provides him with a unique voice in this genre. I really appreciated his behind the curtain look at different indigenous cultures. This greatly added to the book.

    The book is divided into six sections:

    1. Jungle
    2. High seas
    3. Desert
    4. Underwater
    5. High Altitude
    6. Outer Space

    Using firsthand, documented accounts, these tales show us how complex and sadly fragile the human body actually is. At its essence, this book gives us a broad stroke view of the source of the will to survive. It opens the door for us to peer into and question why some survive and others perish far too soon. Tapping into this knowledge and becoming aware of the fine line between success and failure should benefit everyone. Indeed, the lessons in this book can be used in other areas of our lives.

    I would like to also recommend The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life and Extreme Encounters: How It Feels to Be Drowned in Quicksand, Shredded by Piranhas, Swept Up in a Tornado, and Dozens of Other Unpleasant Experiences--

    I hope you find this review helpful.

    Michael L. Gooch

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    Surviving the Extremes by Kenneth Kamler is the perfect novel fo

    Surviving the Extremes by Kenneth Kamler is the perfect novel for anyone that has an interest in the human body.
    Kamler explains the limit to human endurance and in extreme environments and elucidates how humans have
    adapted to merely survive in such conditions. Kamler, as an experienced doctor in New York, has an exceedingly
     well understanding of the human body and is able to make the most out of what he has in each situation. The
     circumstances are different when one is treating a patient in a facilitated hospital, with lots of medical supplies, to
     treating a patient in the Amazon where medical resources are scare. Kamler has to adapt to each environment as
     a doctor as well. However, Kamler wasn’t present in every single scenario that he describes and some of his
     information derives from colleagues of his or other doctors. This novel isn’t just some anatomy text book and Kamler
     views each experience as, not just a doctor, but as a traveler. He embraces each new environment that he is placed
     into; the lifestyle, the people, and the culture. He provides vivid descriptions of each wondrous location based on his
    experiences of the experiences of another. This provides an adventurous side to the novel and illustrates each hazardous
     place to the reader and the lifestyle there. I would recommend this novel to anyone who is intrigued by anatomy and physiology,
     but who also is interested in the harshest environments throughout the world. 

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