Everest – The First Ascent

By Harriet Tuckney

Random House 2013 , ISBN 9781846043659, paperback £9.99

Many of the BAS medical officers have heard of Griffith Pugh, in the days when the medical research was based, to a great extent, at the Department of Human Physiology at the Medical Research Council at Hampstead. To those outside this circle his name means very little, but without his science it is doubtful if May 1953 would have seen the conquest of Everest.