Extremes by Kevin Fong

Extremes

Drawing on his own experiences in trauma surgery as an anaesthetist and intensive care expert, 'Extremes' is Kevin Fong's account of the way cutting-edge medicine is pushing the envelope of human survival.


Details Extremes

TitleExtremes
ISBN9781444737745
Author
Release DateMar 14th, 2013
PublisherHodder & Stoughton
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Science, Health, Medicine, Popular Science
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Reviews Extremes

  • CF
    1970-01-01
    A very readable book, expertly put together by doctor and physicist Dr Kevin Fong, separated into sections such as ice, fire and water, this is a volume that is hard to put down. In bite sized chunks, Fong deftly describes the limits of the human body, the pressures we continue to put it under, and how experimentation in medicine has led us to the advances in medical science we continue to see today. Some parts make you a tad squeamish but it's s...
  • Carolinemawer
    1970-01-01
    Hey what fun this book is!I was especially interested to see how Fong interleaves his anecdotes and science. Though I thought the science in some of the mid-later chapters got a bit less digestible. Was that me getting less clever? Or him being less familiar with the content?Sadly, I was disappointed by the last chapter. Old age is indeed the final frontier. It's a pity that Fong still seems to think engineering / high-tech-medicine is going to h...
  • James
    1970-01-01
    Dr Fong is a well liked and respected TV celebrity in Britain and I enjoyed his Extremes. It's a personal account well written and presented. He highlights just what the body can stand and how the advancement of medical procedures in the last 100 years have saved and improved lives.The first half of the book follows the major traumatic events an unfortunate person can experience. Extreme cold and heat, Gun shot, bomb attack, drowning and a contag...
  • James
    1970-01-01
    Dr Fong is a well liked and respected TV celebrity in Britain and I enjoyed his Extremes. It's a personal account well written and presented. He highlights just what the body can stand and how the advancement of medical procedures in the last 100 years have saved and improved lives.The first half of the book follows the major traumatic events an unfortunate person can experience. Extreme cold and heat, Gun shot, bomb attack, drowning and a contag...
  • Alexey Osadchuk
    1970-01-01
    Отлично!
  • Beth (bibliobeth)
    1970-01-01
    Along with the mountain load of fiction I read, I love to throw a non-fiction book into the mix from time to time especially popular science as it relates to my day job (scientist by day, blogger by night!). Extremes looked particularly good when I spied it on the shelves in my local library, I was intrigued not only by the title but by the anticipated content. Dr Kevin Fong has a degree in astrophysics, a topic which has fascinated him from an e...
  • Suzan
    1970-01-01
    WHILE the stresses of modern life lead us to meditation, exercise and other aspirations of calm, the human body is in a constant state of turmoil—an endless battle to hold your skeleton vertical against gravity, your muscles quivering to maintain organs in their allocated spheres, your immune system surging to ward off intruders, your marrow multiplying to maintain bone density, your heart walloping to move liquid against gravity; your entire b...
  • Emma
    1970-01-01
    A jaw dropping, exploratory foray into the extremes of the medical, human condition. Written so well as to flow effortlessly and offers easy to understand examples when the scientific theory threatens to overwhelm the layman. The author sets out to show medical science for what it really is by drawing comparisons with famous expeditions to explore the unknown, he manages to do this effortlessly and without bogging the text down with complex theor...
  • Stuart
    1970-01-01
    From the very off, I was gripped. The book is filled with tales of incredible human survival. From zero-gravity to open-heart-surgery, Dr Kevin Fong doesn't give the reader much chance to come up for air! Fong explores the limits of human physiology and how these limits have been extended through pioneering surgeons and the use of technology. He has filled the book with a number of unbelievable stories and personal experiences. Fong's passion for...
  • Tashaa
    1970-01-01
    Dr. Kevin Fong mixes professional knowledge with personal experiences to show you the enticing world of the human body. 'The life, death and limits of the human body', every chapter of this book is in a different subject, ranging from water to Mars, and in every chapter, a story is told that fits in with this exact tag line. This book has shown me not only the efforts made by medicine and medical professionals, and the limits their willing to go ...
  • Monica
    1970-01-01
    Easily one of my favourite books of all time, it combines my two passions - science and literature. If you have an interest in the human body and progression of medical science then you must, must, must read this. I've bullied so many people in my life into reading this. It is one of those books that not everyone will enjoy, but if you are remotely excited by the sound of this book then you will love it. Be sure to clear your schedule for the nex...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    A wonderfully well written book. The book explores several themes that are now considered straight forward procedures or concepts in this age, but explores the origin of several medical feats such as skin graft in burns or valve replacement in heart surgery. As medical student, I would recommend this book to any one in the health field to appreciate the history of the pioneers and to motivate one for further innovate in the field as the people wh...
  • Eden Mcnaught
    1970-01-01
    Love this book it's packed well with science and emotion if you looking for food for thought when it comes to the Human body and the slim line between life and death and you don't mind looking up some of the medical condition and understanding the Terminology of them occasionally to get a better understanding of the stories in this book then this book is definitely for you.
  • Kl
    1970-01-01
    I can't describe how this book has changed my perception, understanding and respect for the human body, and of course inevitably my own little self. I have a huge respect for the complexity of our own physiology and I'm amazed at what I've learned about how healthcare has advanced. Just fascinating!
  • Eamonn Clarke
    1970-01-01
    Fascinating account mixing the history of some of medicine's greatest breakthroughs of the last 100 years along with some of the cutting edge stuff needed for space exploration.Well written with just the right mix of clinical anecdotes, personal stories from Fong's training, and accounts of some of the pioneers of new techniques.
  • Tim
    1970-01-01
    Quite enjoyable and very readable. I was, however, surprised at how much of the book focused on space and astronauts as opposed to the medical emergencies faced on earth. On looking back after reading the book I've come to realise just how extreme space can be and it's effects on the human body.
  • Elaine
    1970-01-01
    This was a great read! Enjoyed the book throughout. Carefully laid out structure with real-life anecdotes/events/traumas entwined with accurate scientific and medical knowledge (not entirely esoteric as Dr Kevin Fong uses relatable metaphors to explain mechanisms of our physiolgy).
  • Daryna Tkachenko
    1970-01-01
    "Жизнь на земле в последние три с половиной миллиарда лет развивалась в условиях постоянного и неменяющегося гравитационного поля. Неудивительно, что наш организм, сформированный под воздействием силы тяжести, рассчитан именно на нее. Уберите г...
  • Seth
    1970-01-01
    Entertaining and informative overview of advances in medicine over the last 100 years. Divided into chapters on heart surgery, intensive care and other key areas relating to as the title would suggest, extremes.
  • Chiara
    1970-01-01
    Definitely enjoyable, but I almost felt like the book explored too many aspects without providing enough details in any. That said, it read like it was simplified for the layperson, and might be more engaging for someone not in the science field.
  • Gem
    1970-01-01
    A fab read that I learned quite a lot from. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on space flight, it's piqued my interest on the subject and I want to learn more. Definitely worth a read if you like non fiction.
  • Eugene
    1970-01-01
    Лёгкое и ненапряжное научно-популярное чтиво. Вполне познавательно.
  • Sam
    1970-01-01
    A great read that looks at medicine as a species of exploration rather that just a body of applied knowledge.
  • Kate
    1970-01-01
    Interesting stories and easy to read
  • Liz
    1970-01-01
    I enjoyed this, learned a lot, and found it an enjoyable read, but at times, got a bit distracted.
  • Hannah
    1970-01-01
    A stunningly knitted together tale of medical and space exploration, which flows seamlessly from narrative to fact and back again, both educating and fascinating. I really enjoyed this book!
  • Zach Jones
    1970-01-01
    stories of people in extreme circumstances, each highlighting interesting human physiology and history of the related medicine
  • Lee Cogger
    1970-01-01
    I enjoyed the book but if you get the chance to see him give a talk grab that!