The Biology of Human Survival: Life and Death in Extreme Environments

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1. The Human Environment; 2. Survival and Adaptation; 3. Cross-Acclimation; 4. Food for Thought; 5. Water and Salt; 6. Water That Makes Men Mad; 7. Tolerance to Heat; 8. Endless Oceans of Sand; 9. Hypothermia; 10. Life on the Crystal Desert; 11. Survival in Cold Water; 12. Air as Good as We Deserve; 13. Bends and Rapture of the Deep; 14. Sunken Submarines; 15. Climbing Higher; 16. Into the Wild Blue Yonder; 17. G Whiz; 18. The Gravity of Microgravity; 19. Weapons of Mass Destruction; 20. Human Prospects for Colonising Space
The range of environments in which people can survive is extensive, yet most of the natural world cannot support human life. The Biology of Human Survival identifies the key determinants of life or death in extreme environments from a physiologist's perspective, integrating modern concepts ofstress, tolerance, and adaptation into explanations of life under Nature's most austere conditions. The book examines how individuals survive when faced with extremes of immersion, heat, cold or altitude, emphasizing the body's recognition of stress and the brain's role in optimizing physiologicalfunction in order to provide time to escape or to adapt. In illustrating how human biology adapts to extremes, the book also explains how we learn to cope by blending behavior and biology, first by trial and error, then by rigorous scientific observation, and finally by technological innovation.The book describes life-support technology and how it enables humans to enter once unendurable realm, from the depths of the ocean to the upper reaches of the atmosphere and beyond. Finally, it explores the role that advanced technology might play in special environments of the future, such as longjourneys into space.

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Autor: Claude A. Piantadosi
ISBN-13 :: 9780195165012
ISBN: 0195165012
Erscheinungsjahr: 01.09.2003
Verlag: OXFORD UNIV PR
Gewicht: 612g
Seiten: 280
Sprache: Englisch
Auflage New
Sonstiges: Buch, 241x165x23 mm
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