Trailblazing Medicine

  • Erik¬†Seedhouse

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Space Medicine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Erik Seedhouse
      Pages 15-37
  3. Exploration Class Medical Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Erik Seedhouse
      Pages 57-75
    3. Erik Seedhouse
      Pages 77-90
    4. Erik Seedhouse
      Pages 91-112
  4. Future Developments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Erik Seedhouse
      Pages 115-139
    3. Erik Seedhouse
      Pages 141-157
    4. Erik Seedhouse
      Pages 159-172
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 173-180

About this book


To prepare for the day when astronauts leave low-Earth orbit for long-duration exploration missions, space medicine experts must develop a thorough understanding of the effects of microgravity on the human body, as well as ways of mitigating them. To gain a complete understanding of the effects of space on the human body and to create tools and technologies required for successful exploration, space medicince will become an increasingly collaborative discipline incorporating the skills of physicians, biomedical scientists, engineers, and mission planners.

Trailblazing Medicine

  • examines the future of space medicine in relation to human space exploration;
  • describes what is necessary to keep a crew alive in space, including the use of surgical robots, surface-based telemedicine, and remote emergency care;
  • discusses bioethical problems such as euthanasia, sex, and precautionary surgery;
  • investigates the medical challenges faced by interplanetary astronauts;
  • details the process of human hibernation.


Exploration Class missions Future medicine in space Genetic testing for astronauts Interplanetary missions Space medicine

Authors and affiliations

  • Erik¬†Seedhouse
    • 1
  1. 1.MiltonCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-7828-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-7829-5
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