Book Review: Cheating Death by Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Saturday, January 16, 2010 Posted by Dina N


In November, I hosted a giveaway for Cheating Death by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a new audio book by Hachette Book Group. Since then, I've had the opportunity to listen to it myself. You can find the publisher's book description in my earlier post.

This is an astounding book, not just because it shares some of the latest medical advances that allow doctors and their patients to cheat death. Not just because it describes fascinating medical discoveries in accessible, easy to understand language. Cheating Death shows that behind every medical miracle brought to us by decades of hard work, research, and sometimes a little happenstance, there are doctors and patients who persevered, even against impossible odds. Cheating death may involve seemingly simple things: a change in CPR routine, a cooling technique based on hypothermia, or just not giving up on life when everyone tells you there is no hope. At other times, cheating death requires medical feats that were deemed impossible in the past.

Dr. Gupta tells stories that are intriguing, often miraculous, leaving the reader stunned and in awe of the human body and spirit. Cheating Death is based on real cases, a documentary of sorts that presents events often quoted as they were told by the doctors and patients involved. The book poses interesting questions about life and death that involve facing complex moral as well as medical dilemmas.

If I were reading Cheating Death in print, I would say it was a pageturner, impossible to put down. Since I listened to the audio book edition in the car, I found myself just sitting there long after I had arrived at my destination, just to hear what came next. Read this extraordinary book - then stop to really think about what you learned. I know I will be thinking about it for a long time.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary review copy of this audio book without any obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours.  Cover image courtesy of Hachette Book Group.

3 comments:

  1. christa said...

    Oh I like reading medical non-fiction, will add this to my TBR!

  2. fredamans said...

    You have an award!

    http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/2010/01/i-was-awarded-did-i-award-you.html

  3. Bingo said...

    I shall check this out...especially after seeing all the good things that Dr. Gupta is doing in Haiti

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