Ward, Michael P., CBE, MD, FRCS(Society of Apothecaries of London); Milledge, James S., MD, FRCP(Northwick Park Hospital); West, John B., MD, PhD, FRCP(UCSD)
Here is a book that can truly be described as a definitive text
This magnificent, comprehensive textbook gives all the known answers to questions about what happens to man at altitude.
The readership should not be confined to those who specialize in the subject. For many people in medicine it will open doors to a better understanding of oxygen delivery.
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
The new publishers, Arnold, have done a fine job with the production. The layout of the pages is significantly improved as a result of the larger format, and all references are moved to an appendix at the end of the book, which makes them easier to find. It is the most up to date text on the subject that is available today and with its sporty new cover, new sections and revised chapters it is worth the upgrade from the 2nd edition.
Newsletter of International Society of Mountain Me
Anyone with an interest in altitude medicine will be drawn to this volume by the attractive and intriguing cover photograph of Mt Kongur. Those turning open that striking cover will be rewarded with what must be regarded as the definitive textbook of high-altitude medicine. The most comprehensive work available on the subject.
Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
Description: This revision of the classic work by three authoritative figures in mountaineering, high altitude medicine, and physiology is a welcome update of the second edition published in 1995. In 32 chapters with over 1,400 references, it covers a wide range of subjects including the atmosphere and geography, hematology and blood gas transport, high altitude pulmonary and cerebral edema, acute and chronic mountain sickness, and so forth. The work distills the wealth of experience each of the three authors has as first-rate clinician-scientists and experienced members of high altitude expeditions.
Purpose: The purpose of this new edition is to compile and synthesize recent developments in knowledge and understanding of this field. The work is authoritative and presents an excellent description of complicated issues with a logical flow of ideas.
Audience: The book is written for physiologists and other biologists interested in high altitude hypoxia, students, and nonmedical mountaineers, as well as other sojourners to higher elevations. It serves well these various audiences.
Features: The book contains a wealth of information on every conceivable aspect of physiologic, metabolic, endocrinologic, and other biologic aspects of mountain medicine. Particularly notable are the figures that illustrate the various points and help to sort out mechanisms, such as the decrease in cerebrospinal fluid bicarbonate ion concentration and electrical potential difference (Fig 5.8), and acute mountain sickness (Fig 18.3).
Assessment: This is a unique, rich source of every conceivable aspect of mountain medicine, and the biologic exigencies with which climbers, trekkers, and short stay sojourners have to deal. There is nothing else like it in the literature. The deep knowledge and personal experience the authors have with the various factors of high altitude medicine make this an invaluable resource for all students of life above the flatland.
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