Physiological constraints confine our bodies to less than one-fifth of the earth's surface. Beyond that fraction lie the extremes. What happens when we go to them?
Dr. Kenneth Kamler has spent years observing exactly what happens. A vice president of the legendary Explorers Club, he has climbed, dived, sledded, floated, and trekked through some of the most treacherous and remote regions in the world. A consultant for NASA, Yale University, and the National Geographic Society, he has explored undersea caves, crossed the frozen Antarctic wastelands, and stitched a boy's hand back together while kneeling in knee-deep Amazonian mud. He was the only doctor on Everest during the tragic expedition documented in Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air and helped treat its survivors. Kamler has devoted his life to investigating how our bodies respond to "environmental insults"-a nice way of saying the things that can kill us-and watched while some succumbed to them and others, sometimes miraculously, overcome them.
Words like "extreme" and "survival" have lost some of their value from overuse and media hype. By showing us what happens when life itself is at stake, and the body's capacities put to their greatest test, this book reminds us what they truly mean. Divided into six sections-jungle, open sea, desert, underwater, high altitude, and outer space-Surviving the Extremes uses first-hand testimony and documented accounts to illustrate what happens in environments where our instinctive survival strategies must become fully engaged. These stories reveal how infinitely complex are the workings of the human body-and also how heartbreakingly fragile. At the heart of this book is a quest for the source of our will to survive and the haunting question of why some can, and others cannot, summon its awesome and nearly mystical power at their moment of greatest need.
Surgeon, explorer, and masterful storyteller, Kamler takes us to the farthest reaches of the earth as well as into the uncharted territory within the human brain. Surviving the Extremes is a scientific nail-biter no reader will forget.
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Medical case studies can be fascinating to read, full of drama, heroism, and sometimes tragedy. Most doctors' tales take place in clinics or hospitals, but those pedestrian settings are not for Kenneth Kamler, who practices medicine outside, patching people up with surprising success under harrowing conditions. Surviving the Extremes starts with open-air surgery in the steamy jungles of the Amazon River, moves to disturbingly detailed descriptions of the many ways humans can die at sea, and from there takes white-knuckled readers through the rest of Earth's extreme environments. Krakauer fans will gasp at the book's best chapter, covering the high-altitude medical feats Kamler has performed on Mt. Everest and other peaks. "No course in medical school taught me the proper mixture of oxygen, IV fluids, and Tibetan chants to treat a subdural hematoma in below-zero temperatures on a 3-mile-high glacier," Kamler writes. Instead, he has learned the fine art of adventure doctoring by doing it, and in the process, he's won fans among the world's most prominent risk-takers. Through it all, Kamler remains fascinated by the human body's ability to heal under horrifically dangerous conditions. His medical adventures are inspiring and thrilling, as well as occasionally bloody and disgusting. In short, perfect stories of human survival. --Therese LittletonFrom the Back Cover:
"Ken Kamler is a natural writer, as well as an adventurer and a prober into how much human beings can stand. In Surviving the Extremes, he brings personal experience and scientific knowledge together beautifully, giving us narratives which are powerful, moving, and very real."
"High-powered drama that could save your life. Kamler has written a must-read for anyone who dares the odds."
"For those who have peered, however briefly, over the edge of mortality, and also for those who have thus far been spared that journey, Surviving the Extremes entertains and enlightens, while ultimately illuminating the mysteries of human survival."
--Bernie Chowdhury, author of The Last Dive; Publisher and Editor, Immersed: The International Diving Magazine
"As gripping as any Michael Crichton page-turner. But Kamler's powerful accounts also glow with the deep warmth and compassion of a true healer. His medical wisdom goes far beyond medical kits, surgical techniques, or prescriptions. His stories of survival help us understand what the struggle for life truly means."
--Michael Hawley, Director of Special Projects, MIT
"There is no one I would rather have at my side when venturing into extreme environments than Dr. Ken Kamler. But if I can't have him personally, I would certainly want to have a copy of this book."
--Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and President Emerita, The Explorers Club
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