Gasping Thin Air – Mountain Adventures of the Birmingham Medical Research Expeditionary Society by Jo Bradwell

An account of 15 major expeditions to the great mountains of the world, numerous alpine adventures and big walks. 450pp, 300 colour photographs, 100 line drawings and 16 detailed colour maps. Available now for £25 (was £40).

Original price was: £40.00.Current price is: £25.00.

This is a mountain adventure book about a pioneering group of doctors. They risked their lives to understand the causes of mountain sickness, and its treatment with Diamox (acetazolamide) and other medications. Their risky journeys took them to the thin air of the Alps, Himalaya and Andes as they endured high altitude cerebral and pulmonary oedema (HACE and HAPE). In a series of expeditions, they trekked, climbed and suffered their way around the world, contributing significantly to mountain medicine in the process.

 ‘Great science, pioneering medicine, fine writing, and striking illustrations combine to make this a unique, distinguished, and important addition to mountaineering literature. Here is the story of how medics who love high places transformed our understating of the effects of altitude and the effectiveness of treatments. Rarely has science been so dramatic’.

Professor Sir David Eastwood 
Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Birmingham

  • Hardcover : 450 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1527262979
  • Dimensions : 25.6 x 3.4 x 18 cm
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1527262973
  • Publisher : Birmingham Medical Research Expeditionary Society; 1st, Oct 2020 edition (1 Oct. 2020)


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