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E. Sexton-Sayler

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  • Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sanjay Gupta
    • Narrated By Sanjay Gupta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In this riveting book, Dr. Sanjay Gupta - neurosurgeon, chief medical correspondent for CNN, and best-selling author- chronicles the almost unbelievable science that has made these seemingly miraculous recoveries possible. A bold new breed of doctors has achieved amazing rescues by refusing to accept that any life is irretrievably lost. Extended cardiac arrest, "brain death," not breathing for over an hour-all these conditions used to be considered inevitably fatal, but they no longer are.

    Jim M says: "Very interesting and insightful"
    "Our obsession with living forever."
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    Unlike some critics, I enjoyed Dr. Gupta's narration of his book. I was a bit wary of the subject matter- everyone dies and as a culture we have a hard time acknowledging this and to have such an influential MD write a book on "cheating death..." well, I was prepared for the worst. The first chapter was a bit maddening- extraordinary feats of survival in mostly extraordinary circumstances become the base for suggesting cooling therapy after MIs and strokes. While the take away was important- cooling therapy, though poorly adopted in the US, has great potential for reducing harm, I didn't appreciate the emphasis on "and you too could live forever!" As so often is the case, scant mention was given to quality of life versus quantity of life. As it went on, the book got better. I enjoyed that he delved into the unknown, tying together near death experiences with the physiology of death, sleep etc, and the piece on intrauterine surgery was interesting. As a follow up I suggest Katy Butler's Knocking on Heaven's Door, a Path to a Better Way of Death.

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