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4.7 out of 5 stars
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on 27 July 2017
Excellent book. I really enjoy reading about biology and space so this gives a good mix. There was a very good level of factual information with comprehensive credits in the appendices which I found really interesting and helpful. I actually learnt quite a bit reading it which was nice as it was a leisure read.
I recommend this book highly esp, if like me, you like space a biology/physiology.
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on 27 August 2017
Really well written, very interesting personal experiences interwoven with a thorough overview of the major developments in medicine that place them in their historical context, and their relation to the different physiologies of the human body. Great stuff
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on 1 May 2014
A great book, difficult to find something not to fascinate you in here. Not written in an overly technical or intellectual style, so accessible to many readers, but still intelligent. It would be hard to dislike the author as well, although this is about communicating knowledge about the body in unusual and extreme circumstances - he isn't deliberately setting out to be personally approved of, I think. Yes, read it.
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on 25 September 2015
I dont read many books but this book is by far my favourite. The chapters are both insightful scientifically and simply as stories.

If you have ever been curious about some of the trials that lead to leaps in medical understanding this is the book for you.

Definitely a book I would read again (as a programmer this takes a lot for me to admit to...).
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on 9 July 2013
Having a similar childhood dream of flying in space with Dr Fong, reading the book is much like discovering the career I did not choose but wish I had. Like Dr Fong I grew up in a Cantonese family emigrated to the west. Unlike Dr Fong I didn't possess the capacity to study science of living after learning the science of the dead. After reading the book I really wish I had fought for the chance to study it.

Dr Fong's experience in presenting medical knowledge in understandable and personable fashion makes the book very interesting and inspiring. The book brilliantly relates medical science with real life cases and product is an easy to read medical book for the public with thrilling stories to make for exciting reading. After reading the book I crave for similar reading to expand my horizon.
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on 2 January 2018
Really interesting book with lots of great stories about human survival in extreme conditions. Would recommend for both medical and non-medics!
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on 26 October 2013
This book away a really good mix of history, medicine, curious and unexpected stories.

Would heartily recommend it to anyone with a level of curiosity and interest in the people, stories and insight involved in the development of medicine and the survival of unique individuals
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VINE VOICEon 28 July 2014
I thought I knew most of this stuff, but Kevin Fong has a great knack of writing interesting science stories, and he was there, or at least directly involved in most of these tales. Great voyeurism
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on 27 April 2016
This book is an eye opener, well written, recommended.
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on 27 December 2015
Excellent book. Well written, fascinating, informative. I shall get more of his books.
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