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

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Grand Central Publishing, Oct 12, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 304 pages
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An unborn baby with a fatal heart defect . . . a skier submerged for an hour in a frozen Norwegian lake . . . a comatose brain surgery patient whom doctors have declared a "vegetable."

Twenty years ago all of them would have been given up for dead, with no realistic hope for survival. But today, thanks to incredible new medical advances, each of these individuals is alive and well . . .Cheating Death.

In this riveting book, Dr. Sanjay Gupta-neurosurgeon, chief medical correspondent for CNN, and bestselling 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. Today, revolutionary advances are blurring the traditional line between life and death in fascinating ways.

Drawing on real-life stories and using his unprecedented access to the latest medical research, Dr. Gupta dramatically presents exciting accounts of how pioneering physicians and researchers are altering our understanding of how the human body functions when it comes to survival-and why more and more patients who once would have died are now alive. From experiments with therapeutic hypothermia to save comatose stroke or heart attack victims to lifesaving operations in utero to the study of animal hibernation to help wounded soldiers on far-off battlefields, these remarkable case histories transform and enrich all our assumptions about the true nature of death and life.

 

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

User Review  - Rebecca Jones - Goodreads

It was an illuminating book. Speaking of treatments possibilities the blurring of the line between life and death. Amazing recoveries. The blurring of the line between embryo and life. It also spoke ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Lori - Goodreads

This book feels a bit too narrow in showing remarkable innovations that could be part of modern medicine. The most glaring example is treatment of heart attack victims by "cooling" the brain. Only ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
CHAPTER ONE
CHAPTER TWO
CHAPTER THREE
CHAPTER FOUR
CHAPTER FIVE
CHAPTER SIX
CHAPTER SEVEN
CHAPTER EIGHT
Notes
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Sanjay Gupta, MD, is a practicing neurosurgeon at Emory University Hospital and associate chief of service at Grady Memorial Hospital. A columnist for Time magazine and a chief medical correspondent at CNN, he lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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