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Published: 11 September 2003

280 Pages | 8 halftones & 39 line illus

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195165012

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The Biology of Human Survival

Life and Death in Extreme Environments

Claude A. Piantadosi

This fascinating book explains how humans can live in extreme environments from a physiologist's perspective, using modern concepts of stress, tolerance and adaptation. The book examines how individuals cope with life under extremes of immersion, heat, cold and altitude, emphasizing the body's recognition of stress and the brain's role in the responses needed to escape or to adapt. It also explores how humanity deals with problems of adaptation, first by trial and error, then by scientific experimentation, and finally through technological innovation.

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