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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (310 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sanjay Gupta Narrator: Sanjay Gupta Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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, having cheated 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 no longer. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    Bill Clinton

  • “You will be on the edge of your seat as you read the superbly crafted stories of people who have beaten the odds, something I like to think I know quite a bit about. My friend Dr. Sanjay Gupta, America’s doctor, has written a page-turner. It’s an exciting medical thriller with the compassion, hope, excitement and aspiration that define Sanjay.”

    Lance Armstrong

  • “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, New York Times bestselling author

  • “‘Let me tell you a little secret: When the heart stops beating, it’s not the end.’ If you can read that sentence and not devour the rest of Cheating Death, you’re probably not breathing.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “High-profile physician-journalist Gupta…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…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.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “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, MD, NBC News Chief Medical Editor; Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Pennsylvania

  • “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

  • “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, MD, Recanati Professor, Harvard Medical School, author of How Doctors Think

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Melissa | 2/2/2014

    " Very interesting look at longevity and how doctors save lives in new and innovative ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary | 2/1/2014

    " I thought that this book was a fascinating look at promising medical interventions with gripping real-life modern "miracles" used as examples. I especially enjoyed the first couple of chapters which focused on the use of medically induced hypothermia to slow down brain injury following cardiac arrest and strokes, and also on new information regarding the relative futility of CPR and simple measures that, if used instead, could save many lives of those suffering from cardiac arrest. This book is very accessible and readable to the layperson, like myself. I would give it 4 1/2 stars and would highly recommend it to anyone! I couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Perkimom | 1/29/2014

    " Interesting but not exactly what I was looking for. Sometimes I think you just DON'T do everything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stephanie Sisk | 1/21/2014

    " Incredible read!! This book appeals to the AP bio teacher in me but would be interesting to most people with any interest in science technology. "

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About the Author
Author Sanjay Gupta

Sanjay Gupta, MD, is a practicing neurosurgeon at Emory University Hospital and associate chief of service at Grady Memorial Hospital. A columnist for Time magazine and a chief medical correspondent at CNN, he lives in Atlanta, Georgia.