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Author Heggie, Vanessa, author.

Title Higher and colder : a history of extreme physiology and exploration / Vanessa Heggie
Published Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2019
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Contents Introduction: higher and colder -- Gasping lungs -- Frozen fields -- Local knowledge -- Blood on the mountain -- Conclusion: death and other frontiers
Summary During the long twentieth century, explorers went in unprecedented numbers to the hottest, coldest, and highest points on the globe. Taking us from the Himalaya to Antarctica and beyond, Higher and Colder presents the first history of extreme physiology, the study of the human body at its physical limits. Each chapter explores a seminal question in the history of science, while also showing how the apparently exotic locations and experiments contributed to broader political and social shifts in twentieth-century scientific thinking. Unlike most books on modern biomedicine, Higher and Colder focuses on fieldwork, expeditions, and exploration, and in doing so provides a welcome alternative to laboratory-dominated accounts of the history of modern life sciences. Though centered on male-dominated practices--science and exploration--it recovers the stories of women's contributions that were sometimes accidentally, and sometimes deliberately, erased. Engaging and provocative, this book is a history of the scientists and physiologists who face challenges that are physically demanding, frequently dangerous, and sometimes fatal, in the interest of advancing modern science and pushing the boundaries of human ability
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Extreme environments -- Physiological effect
Extreme environments -- Physiological effect.
SCIENCE -- General.
Cold regions -- Physiological effect
Cold regions.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 022665091X