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Physiology studies at high altitude; why and how
  1. Adrian Mellor1,2,4,5 and
  2. D Woods1,2,3,5
  1. 1Defence Medical Services, Lichfield, UK
  2. 2MDHU Northallerton, Friarage Hospital, Northallerton, UK
  3. 3Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  4. 4Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia, S Tees NHS Foundation Trust, Middlesbrough, UK
  5. 5Carnegie Institute of Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence to Surg Cdr Adrian Mellor, MDHUN, Friarage Hospital, Northallerton DL6 1JG, UK; adrianmellor{at}


The military has always had an important role in high altitude research. This is due to the fact that mountainous regions often span borders and provide a safe haven to enemies. Deploying troops rapidly into high altitude environments presents major problems in terms of the development of high altitude illness. This paper examines the rationale for carrying out research at high altitude and the opportunities within the UK Defence Medical Services for carrying out this research.

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