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Challenging the altitudes: one-day conference in the history of altitude medicine

This meeting was held at CHSTM on Monday 5 December 2005.


9.00-9.30 am: Coffee and Registration

9.30-11.30 am:

Alex McKay (Wellcome Trust Centre, UCL): Fit for the Tibetan frontier: European understandings of the Tibetan environment.

George Rodway (Ohio State University): Prelude to Everest: Alexander M. Kellas and the 1920 High Altitude Scientific Expedition to Kamet.

Jorge Lossio (CHSTM, University of Manchester): A Hospital in the Clouds: medical practice in the high Andes and the emergence of 'high-altitude pathology'.

12.00-1.00 pm:

John West (University of California San Diego): High Points in the History of High Altitude Medicine and Physiology.

1.00-1.45 pm: Lunch

1.45-3.00 pm:

Susan Heydon (University of Otago, New Zealand): High Places: medical services at Khunde Hospital in the Everest area of Nepal, 1966-1998.

Vanessa Heggie (CHSTM, University of Manchester): Athletes at Altitude; the science of success at the Mexican Olympiad, 1968.

3.00-3.30 pm: Coffee

3.30-5.30 pm:

Alexander von Lunen (University of Technology Darmstadt, Germany): The Secret Test that America Banned. Mark Ridge, John Scott Haldane and High-Altitude records in the 1930s.

David Kirby (CHSTM, University of Manchester): Unsung Heroes: Flight Surgeons, High-Altitude Physiology and Military Science in Hollywood's "Dive Bomber" (1941 Film).

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