Surviving the Extremes: What Happens to the Body and Mind at the Limits of Human Endurance

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"Surviving the Extremes brings personal experience and scientific knowledge together beautifully, giving us narrative that are powerful, moving, and very real." -Oliver Sacks

A true-life scientific thriller no reader will forget, Surviving the Extremes takes us to the farthest reaches of the earth as well as into the uncharted territory within the human body, spirit, and brain. A vice president of the legendary Explorers Club, as well as surgeon, explorer, and masterful storyteller, Dr. Kenneth Kamler has spent years discovering what happens to the human body in extreme environmental conditions. Divided into six sections—jungle, high seas, desert, underwater, high altitude, and outer space—this book uses firsthand testimony and documented accounts to investigate the science of what a body goes through and explains why people survive—and why they sometimes don’t.

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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 Littleton

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"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."
--Oliver Sacks

"High-powered drama that could save your life. Kamler has written a must-read for anyone who dares the odds."
--Clive Cussler

"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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