High Points in the Physiology of Extreme Altitude

  • John B. West
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 227)


The history of the physiology of extreme altitude is one of the most colorful in the whole area of physiology. Man seems to have a fundamental urge to climb higher and higher, and reaching the summit of Mt. Everest is still often referred to as one of the basic human aspirations. An interesting feature of the history is that physiologists through the years have repeatedly been astonished by some new altitude record but in spite of this have confidently predicted on each occasion that man can go no higher!


High Altitude Barometric Pressure Acute Mountain Sickness Extreme Altitude Great Altitude 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John B. West
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  1. 1.Department of MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaSan Diego La JollaUSA

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