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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Mailbox Monday (8)

I noticed that the excitement of receiving books in the mail doesn't abate even after it happens week after week. Well, what did I receive in my mailbox last week? One book. By the way, this meme is hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. You should check out her blog and see what others have received and to play along.

I am really excited about this book that I won from Reading at the Beach and Hatchett Group because it was supposed to be an audio book but I got the actual print book instead. Yay! Not that I don't like audio books, but I am certainly not disappointed that it came as a book format instead. And I peeked into it and was immediately drawn to read the prologue. I can't wait to read it!

Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds by Sanjay Gupta, MD

Synopsis from Amazon:
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.

So what did you get in your mailbox last week?

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10 comments :

  1. Whoa, this sounds INTERESTING! I checked it out at Amazon and put it on my wish list. Thanks!

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  2. This sounds fascinating. Enjoy your reading!

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  3. I hope it's as good as it sounds!

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  4. I enjoyed Cheating Death -- some of the survival stories are incredible!

    Happy Reading!

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  5. I've read great reviews of this book - hope you enjoy it and learn a lot from it.

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  6. I hope you enjoy your book. Happy reading.

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  7. I always look forward to checking the mail--you never know when a book will be in there!

    Interesting book! Happy reading!

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  8. This book sounds very interesting. Happy reading!

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  9. Hey Laura! Looks like you'll be getting something extra in your mailbox!! Come to my site please:

    http://enchantedbyjosephine.blogspot.com/2009/12/announcing-giveaway-winner.html

    Lucy

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  10. That does sound good and a great Christmas idea for 2 on my list.

    http://teawithmarce.blogspot.com/2009/12/yaaaaaaaay-new-books.html

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