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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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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.

"In a style reminiscent of Oliver Sacks, he details remarkable stories of human endurance in adverse conditions-adrift at sea in a raft, lost in an unknown desert-while simultaneously educating the reader in the science of survival. For Kamler, the secret lies in the brain, which provides the key to survival..."--- Publishers Weekly

"...Kamler is a natural writer...In Surviving the Extremes, he brings personal eexperience and scientific knowledge together beautifully..."---Oliver Sacks, Author

"There is no one I would rather have at my side when venturing into extreme enviironments than Dr. Ken Kamler."--- Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and President Emerita, T

Surviving the Extremes

A Doctor's Journey to the Limits of Human Endurance

Author Kenneth Kamler, MD

Narrated by P.J. Ochlan

Publication date Nov 28, 2017

Running time 14 hrs

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