The last three chapters of this book attempt to bring the topic of high-altitude physiology and medicine up to the present day. This creates some difficulties. First, there has been such an explosion of research in the last 30 years that it is impossible to deal adequately with the history of all aspects and some degree of selection is essential. This inevitably means that some people will question the selection process and point to what they believe are deplorable omissions. Here I can do no more than repeat the Arab phrase: a thousand apologies. Certainly the databases and bibliographies listed in Appendix 2 make it relatively easy for anyone to generate a recent historical record. For example, MEDLINE began in 1966 and so it is not difficult for somebody who is interested in the sequence of ideas of a particular aspect of high-altitude physiology and medicine to recover the relevant papers.
KeywordsHigh Altitude Work Rate Cerebral Spinal Fluid Arterial Oxygen Saturation Acute Mountain Sickness
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- Hillary, E. P. and D. Doig. High in the Thin Cold Air. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1962. Account of the 1960-1961 Himalayan Scientific and Mountaineering (Silver Hut) Expedition.Google Scholar
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