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“At The Human Edge” is a non-fiction popular science book which unravels the amazing adaptive physiological responses that our bodies undergo as we push ourselves to the physical limits in human performance. Each chapter is dedicated to a unique extreme environment, on Earth and beyond. It captures the history, geography, legacy and the physical challenges which our physiology faces when we have tried to conquer the great outdoors. From Mt. Everest to the South Pole, from a journey to Mars to the bottom of the Mariana trench, from running Marathons to surviving in the Sahara, this highly informative, gripping and accessible book lays out the complex world of cellular biology against the backdrop of human history.
Dr. Marcus Ranney’s journey has led him from disease care, at the patient’s bed-side, to wellbeing, in some of the most extreme environments around the planet. Graduating from University College of London Medical School (UCL), his research has taken him to Mt. Everest, the Arctic Circle and the Alps. He has worked with fighter pilots whilst in the Royal Airforce and with astronauts whilst at NASA. Leaving the world of clinical medicine in 2010, his work now looks at the role of wellbeing in society and how technology can be crafted as a force for good. A keynote speaker and global health commentator, he has been a World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper, and more recently, appointed as a Senior Fellow to the Atlantic Council. Marcus is a keen athlete and long-distance marathon runner, also holding a Guinness Record for backwards running, and he most of all describes himself as a young hands-on father intent on making this world a better place for his two children.
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