Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds - eBook  -     By: Sanjay Gupta M.D.
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Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds - eBook

Grand Central Life & Style / 2009 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Grand Central Life & Style
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9780446558761
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High-profile physician-journalist Gupta—a medical reporter for CNN and columnist for Time who declined President Obama's nomination to be surgeon general—knows a great story when he hears one, and in this collection he rolls out extraordinarily harrowing and inspiring tales from the annals of they-ought-to-be-dead. When there is an injury, a heart attack or any loss of oxygen to the brain, time is the essential factor in determining whether a patient will live. For instance, “therapeutic hypothermia,” by reducing the brain's need for oxygen immediately after a trauma, allows more time for treatments to work. Gupta also notes that lives can be saved through incremental changes to current medical techniques rather than revolutionary breakthroughs. Eliminating the breathing component from CPR and concentrating only on chest compressions has been shown to raise heart attack survival rates to an unheard-of 20%. The achievements are stunning, though Gupta notes “none of the exciting medical changes that we've come across will eliminate the sense of awe and mystery that stalks our notions of death.” Yet it's beyond comforting to know there are doctors who simply refuse to quit a brave but ultimately losing battle to wrestle control over death. (Oct. 12) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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