Survival

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Survival provides clear, authoritative answers to these and hundreds of other questions as well as solid information on how to survive in almost every outdoor situation imaginable: the jungle, the desert, the sea, the mountains, the poles. Whether you are alone or in a group, suffering from thirst, hunger, extreme heat or bitter cold, Survival reveals the best techniques for braving the elements and staying alive. Survival is divided into three sections. The first section confronts the major threats to human ...
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Overview

Survival provides clear, authoritative answers to these and hundreds of other questions as well as solid information on how to survive in almost every outdoor situation imaginable: the jungle, the desert, the sea, the mountains, the poles. Whether you are alone or in a group, suffering from thirst, hunger, extreme heat or bitter cold, Survival reveals the best techniques for braving the elements and staying alive. Survival is divided into three sections. The first section confronts the major threats to human life: cold, heat, thirst, physical exertion, sharks, snakes, and other venomous and poisonous creatures; and ends with tips about how to survive in a group. The second section explains how to endure in hostile environments: on the sea and in shipwrecks, under the water, in the desert, the jungle, the mountains, and at the poles. The third section, "Science and Survival," includes vital information about: weather and survival, snow and avalanches, the survival diet, food gathering, motion sickness and sensory aberrations, medicine without a doctor, and other important survival skills and techniques. Within these pages you will discover how to find water and food, pack a medical kit; navigate by the sun and stars; recognize a venomous snake; treat frostbite; diagnose and treat heatstroke; identify animal tracks; and much, much more. Both scientifically accurate and exceptionally readable, Survival explains how to endure under the most adverse circumstances. Complete with anecdotes and true tales of survival, the book explains which survival techniques are effective and which are not and why. The author, a physician, also dispels much of the conventional wisdom about outdoor survival - for instance, drinking brandy is not the best way to combat cold weather. Ideal for the outdoorsman, the intrepid traveler as well as the armchair adventurer, Survival is the ultimate guide to surviving in the great outdoors.
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YA-Even someone who considers walking through the mall parking lot to be an outdoor experience will find this book hard to put down. In addition to the usual-and some unusual-survival guidelines, which incorporate the latest discoveries about the body's reaction to extreme conditions, it offers true stories of survival as well as numerous ``sight bites'' that both inform and entertain. The book is divided into three main sections: major threats (cold, thirst, snakes, etc.); hostile environments (e.g., desert, jungle, mountains); and how science can aid in survival (food gathering, preparing for weather conditions). The author's explanations of physiological responses are useful. Both exhaustive and eminently readable, this title is also useful for biology and earth science project ideas.-Judy McAloon, Potomac Library, Prince William County, VA
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This translation of the 1988 French bestseller brings an intriguing, useful reference to the English-speaking audience. Intended for anyone who exposes themselves to the environment for work or recreation, and also for armchair adventurers who enjoy imagining themselves in life- threatening circumstances prepared with that vital technique or physiological fact that saves their own and others' lives. Tells how to stave off dehydration, hunger, predators, and the elements, and minimize risks associated with exhaustion, injury, poisonous substances, and the onset of panic. Also advises on packing the right gear and medical kit, navigation by sun and stars, finding water, picking edible vegetation, and other topics. English-language references have been added to the French bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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From how to survive diving accidents to avalanches, Xavier Maniguet's How to Prevail in Hostile Environments is jam-packed with nail-biting true adventure tales supported by professional survival advice from the author. The reference also offers charts and lists delineating different types of vaccines and medicines for just about any hazard you may encounter in the wild. A fascinating book for either the armchair traveler or the true adventure seeker.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760717042
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 7/12/1999
  • Pages: 302

Table of Contents

Pt. I Major Threats 1
Cold 3
Heat 30
Thirst 41
Physical Exertion 49
Sharks 56
Snakes 76
Other Venomous and Poisonous Creatures 111
Survival in a Group 124
Pt. II Hostile Environments 133
The Sea and Shipwrecks 135
Under the Water 179
The Desert 208
The Jungle 233
The Mountains 248
The Poles 272
Pt. III Science and Survival 299
Weather and Survival 301
Snow and Avalanches 314
Orientation 325
The Survival Diet 333
Food Gathering 357
Motion Sickness and Sensory Aberrations 362
Miscellaneous Techniques 368
Medicine Without a Doctor 380
Appendix: Technical Equipment 407
Glossary 421
Selected Bibliography 425
Suggested Further Reading 427
Index 431
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