Thursday, November 19, 2009
Cheating Death - Book Review & Giveaway
About The Book:
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.
About The Author:
Sanjay Gupta, MD, is a practicing neurosurgeon at Emory University Hospital and associate chief of service at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. As well, he is the medical correspondent for CNN, and best selling author of Chasing Life.
I love the world of medicine. To me it is simply amazing and intriguing to see the healing that doctors can do and the miracles that happen every day in the world of medicine.
I like shows like ER, and Grey's Anatomy, but I love books and documentaries that examine medical procedures, especially new and upcoming methods. The world of medical science seems to discover new ways to save lives almost daily. This is fascinating to me.
I am a cancer survivor (4+ years) and I know that without the early intervention methods that have been developed in the last 20 years my cancer would have been diagnosed later and ultimately would have been much more advanced than just the stage 1 that is ended up being. I also know that without the medical procedures and research done in the last 20 years, my premature daughter (born at 29 weeks, 6 days) would not only have likely died, but would not be the thriving three year old she is today!
Cheating Death was an incredible read. Gupta covers some of the newest developments in medical procedures known today. I think the chapter that impacted me the most was entitled, "Cheating Death in the Womb". I was simply amazed at what medical professionals can do today with our youngest patients.
Though full of medical terminology, Cheating Death was fairly easy to read, and written in such a way that the reader could grasp, on a most basic level, the various medical procedures and practices written about.
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****Thanks to Anna Balasi and Hachette Book Group for sending me a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review and for having me host a giveaway!****