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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