The Biology of Human Survival: Life and Death in Extreme Environments / Edition 1

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Overview

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 of stress, 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 physiological function 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 long journeys into space.

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

  • ISBN-13: 9780195165012
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/11/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,032,554
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Human Environment
2. Survival and Adaptation
3. Cross-Acclimation
4. Food for Thought
5. Water and Salt
6. Water That Makes Men Mad
7. Tolerance to Heat
8. Endless Oceans of Sand
9. Hypothermia
10. Life on the Crystal Desert
11. Suvival in Cold Water
12. Air as Good as We Deserve
13. Bends and Rapture of the Deep
14. Sunken Submarines
15. Climbing Higher
16. Into the Wild Blue Yonder
17. G Whiz
18. The Gravity of Micro-gravity
19. Weapons of Mass Destruction
20. Human Prospects for Colonizing Space

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