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April 14, 1999

High AltitudeHigh Life: A History of High-Altitude Physiology and Medicine

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1999;281(14):1341-1342. doi:10.1001/jama.281.14.1341-JBK0414-2-1

High Life is a unique book in several regards. It is the definitive work to date on the continuing quest to define the effects of high altitude on human physiology in an extremely hostile environment, and it is written by one of the premier researchers and thinkers in the field of hypoxia, John B. West, MD, DSc, professor of medicine and physiology at the University of California, San Diego. Dr West's interest in high altitude physiology dates back at least 38 years to when he was a member of the 1960-1961 Silver Hut expedition led by Sir Edmund Hillary. Twenty years later Dr West led the 1981 American medical research expedition to Mount Everest. In addition to these achievements, West is the author of numerous manuscripts related to hypoxia and high altitude, which have appeared in internationally recognized physiology and medical journals, and has published 17 books, several related to the present topic.

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