Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Tell the Publisher!
Id like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Suffer and Survive: The Extreme Life of J. S. Haldane [Paperback]

Martin Goodman
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.



Book Description

26 July 2008
John Scott Haldane (1860-1936) was one of the greatest and most colourful of British scientists, acknowledged as the leading physiologist of the Victorian era. The most successful serial self-experimenter in the history of science, Haldane crawled through the carnage of underground explosions, locked himself in sealed chambers, breathed in lethal cocktails of gases, sampled his own blood, burned and healed his own flesh, and experimented on his own children in an obsessive push to understand the nature of human respiration. What is expired air? How can you make coal mines safer? What does carbon monoxide do to people? These are just some of the vital questions to which Haldane provided the answers, saving thousands of lives in the process. He also designed the first space-suit and invented the gas-mask, among many other innovations and contributions we still benefit from today. Entertaining and enlightening in equal measure, Martin Goodman's lively and revealing biography casts new light on one of the greatest eccentrics of British scientific and intellectual life.

Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed


Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (26 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416522301
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416522300
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 750,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Martin Goodman was born in Leicester, and has lived and worked in China, Qatar, the USA, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy and France. Travel forms a large part of his writing: both for strictly travel-related books and also for novels and biographies. His writing takes on spirituality (holy women; shamanism; sacred space; spiritual traditions) while other themes are the inheritance of war: how the effects of war are passed on down the generations; and the never-say-die story, characters living out their beliefs against the odds. His first novel ON BENDED KNEES was shortlisted for the Whitbread prize, and his most recent biography SUFFER AND SURVIVE won 1st Prize, Basis of Medicine in the BMA Book Awards 2008. He is the Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Hull, where he also directs the Philip Larkin Centre. He lives in Hull and London.

Product Description

Review

Fascinating ... Goodman writes enchantingly
-- The Literary Review

Highly enjoyable. It is a fitting tribute to a pioneer who enabled the human body to survive at the extremes of modern life. -- Nature

Martin Goodman begins his excellent biography of John Scott Haldane with a vivid account of the Tylorstown disaster. He has a novelist's eye for evocative detail that lesser writers might miss and the result is as compelling as a historical novel. -- The Times

Martin Goodman's vivid and reverential biography is, incredibly, the first ever published about Haldane, a medical adventurer in an epic quest to personally explore the limits of human endurance and save lives... Suffer and Survive is much more than a litany of the gruesome realities of the industrial revolution and is often surprisingly funny, littered with anecdotes and quotes from Haldane's letters... Goodman successfully avoids what might have been a dry academic study and delivers - to use Victorian terminology - a darn good yarn about a darn good man while weaving through a maze of scientific facts and figures. -- The Scotsman

Martin Goodman's work is literary and intimate. At times, Haldane could easily have been one of Dr Jekyll's colleagues in Stevenson's classic novella. The strong sense of dynamic enterprise, however, never detracts from the scholarship which underpins Goodman's work. -- Financial Times

Review

Martin Goodman's vivid and reverential biography is, incredibly, the first ever published about Haldane, a medical adventurer in an epic quest to personally explore the limits of human endurance and save lives... Suffer and Survive is much more than a litany of the gruesome realities of the industrial revolution and is often surprisingly funny, littered with anecdotes and quotes from Haldane's letters... Goodman successfully avoids what might have been a dry academic study and delivers - to use Victorian terminology - a darn good yarn about a darn good man while weaving through a maze of scientific facts and figures.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting life, generally well told 29 Sep 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Interesting story of Haldane taking incredible risks with his own life in search of knowledge but too much story detail.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary scientific trailblazer 22 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The exploits of this fascinating larger than life scientist and his pioneering work deserve to be more widely known. This book certainly goes a long way to ensure that his life and achievements will not be forgotten. Well written and thoroughly readable biography which is full of memorable and often amusing anecdotes. Highly recommended.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars canary in the mine 11 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
Why have we waited so long for a biography of JS Haldane? He was an intrepid investigator of mine disasters during the late Victorian period, and his work not only saved lives, but advanced knowledge of the way our bodies work. He pinpointed the way in which carbon monoxide acts as such a virulent poison, by combining with haemoglobin of the blood much more actively than oxygen, so depriving the body of its vital support. It was he who introduced the canary as an indicator of the deadly gas, simply because the small bird reacts so much more quickly that it gives warning of a problem in the air (mice were just as good). Haldane also warned of the problem of breathing silica dust, leading to the disease of silicosis, which killed many miners and quarry workers. His research was ground breaking, and life saving. Indeed, it was said of him that he had saved more lives than the rest of the medical profession put together. He received little recognition from his academic peers, except towards the end of his long life, but much recognition from the miners. His methods of research, usually using himself as a guinea pig for experimentation remain an inspiration to all medical researchers. Martin Goodman should be praised for his excellent book on the life of John Haldane, both for describing his scientific achievements and his vibrant personal life.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback