Arctic and Antarctic Exploration Including the Contributions of Physicians and Effects of Disease in the Polar Regions

Arctic and Antarctic Exploration Including the Contributions of Physicians and Effects of Disease... AbstractA HISTORY OF Arctic and Antarctic exploration, whether to find a northwest passage, north pole, or south pole, is a story of triumph and tribulation. The hardship experienced by polar explorers in the last 1000 years permeates the tales of acheivement. Physicians and surgeons have played prominent roles in the major polar explorations. No Siginificant Article voyage, particularly in the last 300 years, was made without a member of the party trainedd in the management of medical emergencies and in basic surgery. During times of the health, surgeons functioned as the voyage naturelist with expertise in biology, botony, zoology, and the writing of scientific catalogs. Spurred by our interest and fascinated with the history of polar exploration, we reviewed the roles of physicians and natural scientists in Artic and Antratic Adventures. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Neurosurgery Oxford University Press

Arctic and Antarctic Exploration Including the Contributions of Physicians and Effects of Disease in the Polar Regions

Arctic and Antarctic Exploration Including the Contributions of Physicians and Effects of Disease in the Polar Regions

U L T I M A T H U L E • • • . . .th e e n d o f th e e a r t h Ancient mariners considered the northern end of the earth to be an island called Thule. During Roman times, this was rpsnmed to be an approxim ate 6-day sail from Britain. Although not currently geographically identified, Virgil's Georgies make references to Thule as both fact and ephemera nnrent underscoring m an 's fascination with and need to achieve the "edge of the envelope." Fxamination of the sagas of polar explorations presents facets of character and fundamental elements of man in a trive to explore and to achieve the difficult— arguably an essential ingredient in the persona of the neurosurgeon. M ich ae l L.J. Apuzzo Los Angeles, California A r c t i c a n d A n t a r c t i c E x p l o r a t i o n I n c l u d i n g t h e C o n t r i b u t i o n s o f P h y s i c i a n s a n d E f f e c t s o f D i s e a s e i n t h e P o l a r R e g i o n s H a r a l d F o d s t a d , M . D . , P h . D . , D o u g l a s K o n d z i o l k a , M . D . , n ka n D a v i d W . R o b e r t s , M . D . , J o h n P . G i r v i n , M . D . _ . . . rM ^im sureerv (HF) New York Methodist Hospital/Cornell D iv isio n of N em o su rg eryj ),^ Qf N euro|o g ica, Surgery (D K), M edical Center Broo y ' ennsy|van ia; Department of Neurosurgery (BPB), U niversity of Pittsburgh, P t t s b ig h , Pennsyl Austra|ia , Australia; Flinders e c ic a ' rtmouth-H itchcock M edical Center, Lebanon, S r o „ H e a „ h Science Cen.ce, L o n d o n , O n ta rio , C a n a d a . t h p r to fin d a N o r t h w e s t Passage, N o r t h P o le , o r S o u th P o le , HISTO RY O F A r c t ic a n d A n t a r c t i c e x p l o r a t io n , w ^ )o re rs in t h e la st 1 0 0 0 y e a rs p e r m e a es a story o f t r iu m p h a n d t r i b u l a t i o n . T h e h a r d s h ip e x p e r .e n r o ,es a „ m a jo r p o la r e x p lo r a t io n s . N o e tales o f a c h ie v e m e n t ....
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AbstractA HISTORY OF Arctic and Antarctic exploration, whether to find a northwest passage, north pole, or south pole, is a story of triumph and tribulation. The hardship experienced by polar explorers in the last 1000 years permeates the tales of acheivement. Physicians and surgeons have played prominent roles in the major polar explorations. No Siginificant Article voyage, particularly in the last 300 years, was made without a member of the party trainedd in the management of medical emergencies and in basic surgery. During times of the health, surgeons functioned as the voyage naturelist with expertise in biology, botony, zoology, and the writing of scientific catalogs. Spurred by our interest and fascinated with the history of polar exploration, we reviewed the roles of physicians and natural scientists in Artic and Antratic Adventures.

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NeurosurgeryOxford University Press

Published: May 1, 1999

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