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Extremes: How Far Can You Go to Save a Life? (Paperback)
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Extremes: How Far Can You Go to Save a Life? (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 24/10/2013
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In anaesthetist Dr Kevin Fong's television programmes he has often demonstrated the impact of extremes on the human body by using his own body as a 'guinea pig'. So Dr Fong is well placed to share his experience of the sheer audacity of medical practice at extreme physiological limits, where human life is balanced on a knife edge.

Through gripping accounts of extraordinary events and pioneering medicine, Dr Fong explores how our body responds when tested by the extremes of heat and cold, vacuum and altitude, age and disease. He shows how science, technology and medicine have taken what was once lethal in the world and made it survivable.

This is not only a book about medicine, but also about exploration in its broadest sense - and about how, by probing the very limits of our biology, we may ultimately return with a better appreciation of how our bodies work, of what life is, and what it means to be human.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9781444737776
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 282 g
Dimensions: 199 x 146 x 23 mm

'It would be hard to find anyone better qualified to write a book on the limits of human physiology than Dr Kevin Fong. His experiences in human spaceflight at NASA, in frontline medicine, and his deep scientific knowledge, shine through. If you want to know what the human body can take, and why we must continue to push ourselves beyond the limit in the name of exploration, then read this book.' * Professor Brian Cox *
'I was hooked. The book could easily have ended up as a series of Boy's Own tales of derring-do, but Fong elegantly balances heroism with rationalism, courage with compassion, shock with humility and humour.' -- Dr Alice Roberts * Observer *
'If you have a sense of adventure and the miracle of life within you, then this book is for you... [Kevin Fong is] Brian Cox with a stethoscope.' * Times Higher Education Supplement *
'It's terrifying but fascinating stuff... a gripping read.' * Guardian *
Fascinating ... Fong's knowledge and passion are the pulse of this riveting book. * Daily Mail *
'Fong has come up with an often fascinating and actually rather inspiring account of western medicine's ever-increasing expertise.' * Daily Mail *
'You don't have to have a degree in astrophysics or medicine to enjoy this book, just an interest in humanity and the human body. Since we all have one, that would be just about everyone.' * Scotsman *
'His background makes him particularly well suited to writing a book about the limits of the human body, which he does with considerable skill and detail... This is an excellent book that makes you appreciate our species' remarkable resilience.' -- Michael Mosley * Focus *

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A jaw dropping, exploratory foray into the extremes of the medical, human condition. Written so well as to flow effortlessly and offers easy to understand examples when the scientific theory threatens to overwhelm the... More

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