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Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds 1st Edition
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"Dr. Gupta's new book is not only fascinating, it reads like a fast-paced adventure story, and it is. Full of literally heart-stopping moments, CHEATING DEATH is an account of modern-day scientific miracles, most of which would have been unthinkable a decade or two ago, and which expand the very boundaries of life itself." --Oliver Sacks
"I owe my recovery and my health to medical advances and the remarkable pioneers behind them. In his new book, the World's Doctor, Sanjay Gupta, delivers a breathtaking preview of a coming revolution in medicine that challenges virtually everything we think we know about living and dying. A truly provocative and fascinating reading experience." --President Bill Clinton
"Sanjay Gupta melds dramatic stories of people on the cusp of death rescued by life-saving advances. This book deeply touches the heart and enlightens the mind." --Jerome Groopman, M.D., Recanati Professor, Harvard Medical School, Author of How Doctors Think
"In Cheating Death, Dr. Sanjay Gupta chronicles a series of scientific advances that are saving patients' lives in striking and almost unfathomable ways. This is a wonderful book....All who read it will walk away feeling a sense of joy in the changes that Dr. Gupta so carefully and warmly details." --Henry S. Friedman, MD, James B. Powell, Jr. Professor of Neuro-Oncology; Deputy Director, The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center
"Dr. Gupta has masterfully woven compelling human stories and medical drama that intersect that narrow line separating life from death. The brave doctors who courageously defy conventional wisdom and embrace bold science and the human condition will have you cheering and shaking your head in amazement." --Nancy L. Snyderman, M.D., NBC News Chief Medical Editor; Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Pennsylvania
Top Customer Reviews
Gupta tells us about a man who is diagnosed with a brain tumor that is almost invariably fatal; a fetus with a life-threatening heart defect; a skier who falls through the ice and remains trapped beneath its surface for over forty minutes; and a hiker who stumbles, hits his head, and remains on the ground for twenty-four days before he is rescued. The story of these and other individuals demonstrates "that the human body can survive far longer than we usually bargain for." There are various techniques, such as therapeutic hypothermia, that can buy valuable time for those in extremis by staving off shock, controlling blood flow, and reducing the body's need for oxygen. Are these methods guaranteed to work every time, and are they used in every hospital? Absolutely not. However, researchers are constantly investigating new lifesaving protocols, some of which hold great promise.Read more ›
This is a great book.
If one has an interest in the “behind-the-scenes” medical efforts currently underway across the country which are fervently attempting to extend life, then this text should be considered required reading.
Far more than a boring review of innovative medical practices – which would place almost anyone in snooze-mode – a variety of interesting tales are rehearsed of individuals found in the most dire of straits, who through some medical sleight of hand, get a chance at continuing life.
Nonetheless, as this is a Bible-based review, herein the focus will be on two significant conflicts between the text and the Bible. In Gupta’s defense, however, he openly states, “I don’t spend a lot of time talking about faith. I was never formally trained in the interplay between the type of healing we think of in hospitals and the type of healing that takes place in private, deep in the recesses of our minds. Yet over time, I have come to deeply appreciate the place of prayer in the healing process.” (page 211)
Note the following quotes from the text:
“His heart pumped no blood, his brain sent no signals, he thought no thoughts. Make no mistake – this is death. But maybe not the way we tend to think about it.” (page xv)
“…she had been clinically dead for three hours…” (page 8) and later, it is noted that “…she returned from the dead.” (page 15)
“Mertz was back from the dead.” (page 41)
“He truly was dead, and here he is, fine.” (page 56)
Quoting Mark Roth, “‘Clinical death’ might be the loss of a heartbeat… I turn off the heartbeat so they are clinically dead. But I can bring them back.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the way he writes. Stories weaved into science. Always interesting and thought provoking. I'd read anything by him.Published 2 months ago by JoS
Very interesting topics. Sanjay goes into areas that border on science fiction to areas that a deep philosophical questions for society.Published 19 months ago by Gottfried
I am amazed with what medicine has accomplished and what research is attempting to do.
I am a CPR instructor and I include some of the history of the research that has been... Read more
This is the second the second book that I am reading, the first was "Monday mornings", plus I watch Doctor Gupta on TV, he is also a good journalist. Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by Mickey377
Totally engrossing and medically inspirational. I am a Registered Nurse and a certified CPR instructor and I am totally impressed with Dr. Read morePublished on November 16, 2013 by stephen h green
gave this to my mom for her birthday and she loves it! it's even got big font so she doesn't have a hard time reading it! :)Published on November 6, 2013 by Tina Ramos
This is a pretty good book of survival, endurance and perserverance. Untold odds, stroke of luck, God's intervention; whatever it is it will keep your attention.Published on August 28, 2013 by GE