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Title: Life at high altitudes : medical historical debates (Andean region, 1890-1960)
Author: Lossio, Jorge Luis
ISNI:       0000 0004 2682 6871
Awarding Body: The University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2006
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Despite the 'hostile' geographic and climatic conditions, millions of people live, work and reproduce at great altitudes in the mountainous regions of the Andes, the Himalayas and the Ethiopian highlands. This thesis examines medical efforts to understand the effects of altitude in health during the first half of the twentieth century. This thesis explores how physicians, clinical researchers and physiologists have approached the 'altitude problem'; who and why has worked in high-altitude medical research; and what were the contexts and consequences of the application of this research. The primary focus of this study is on the work in the Peruvian Andes, though, it is set in the context of developing international medical and research networks. By exploring the discipline of 'high-altitude medicine' this thesis illustrates the importance of 'place' in twentieth century medicine, shows the centrality of the Andean region for high-altitude medical research, the reconstruction of 'high-altitudes' as hypoxic environments and how attitudes towards 'mountain sickness' changed along the first half of the twentieth century.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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