The Mountaineers Books

Going Higher: Oxygen, Man, and Mountain

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From the time of his historic expedition to Nanda Devi in the highHimalaya, Charles Houston, M.D., has asked: Why do people get sick in the mountains? What are the symptoms of hypoxia - lack of sufficent oxygen - that also occurs in everyday life, due to injury or disease? How can we best prevent, diagnose, and treat it? Houston answers these questions in an engaging, comprehensible style.

  • Interweaves fascinating research discoveries with dramatic first-person accounts
  • New chapters on vision and the eye at altitude and chronic and subacute altitude illness
  • More on work and athletic training at altitude
  • New material on the genetics of high altitude and individual susceptibility
  • Updated information on fitness and gender issues
  • Current developments in understanding and treating sea-level hypoxic illnesses