Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead

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Even oo long ago, there was no oming back from death. But ow, with revolutionary medical advances, death has become just another serious complication.

As the young medical student, Dr. David Casarett was inspired by thi tal of a two-year-old girl named Michelle Funk. Michelle fell into a creek and was underwater for over an hour. When she was found she wasn ’ t breathing, and her pupils were fixed and dilated. That drowning should have been fatal. But after three day of persistent work, a team of doctors and nurses was able to ring her back. It ha a miracle.

If Michelle could come back after three ours of being ead, what about twelve hours? Or twenty-four? What ould it take to revive someone who had been frozen for one thousand years? And what does blurring the line between “ life ” and “ death ” mean for society?

In hocked, Casarett chronicles his exploration of the cutting edge of resuscitation and reveals just how far science has come. He egins in the 16th century, when early attempts at resuscitation involved public displays of barrel rolling, horseback riding ( sort of), and blowing smoke up the patient ’ s various orifices. He then takes us inside a sophisticated cryonics facility in the Arizona desert, a darkroom full of hibernating lemurs in North Carolina, and a laboratory that puts mice into a state of suspended animation. The esult is a spectacular tour of the strang world of doctors, engineers, animal researcher, and cryogenics enthusiasts trying to take the recently dead back to life.

Startlin, thought-provoking, and ( believe it or not) funny, Shocked is perfect for those looking for a prequel—and a sequel—to Mary Roach ’ s Stiff, or for anyone who love to ponder the ultimate questions of life and death.
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Published July 31st 2014 by Current

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While he manages a razor sharp editing eye of the heavy material, the attempt at lighthearted banter needed a second opinion.

I 'm fine with 'over the line' humor but Casarett 's attempts at lighthearted risque can come off clumsy and uncomfortable.

You 'd expec to hav th much better comedian to properly frame the jokes he tosses out.

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In a 1998 study from Johns Hopkins University, doctors were given a list of eleven life-saving measures that are commonly used in hospitals and emergency rooms -- ones they themselves had undoubtedly used hundreds of times throughout their careers -- and asked which of them, if any, they 'd want used on themselves if they would ever be in eed of immediate care.

It is that last statistic -- the highest percentage of negative responses of all eleven choices -- that is the most tartling, as CPR is the most basic of life-saving measures: it does not involve any electrical equipment or medical instruments, can be done by virtuall anyone with a half-hour of training, and is certainly the most personal, involving physical contact -- hands, chest, neck, mouth -- between the living and the dying.

In other words, most doctors did not think to be resuscitated or kept alive; they only wanted to die comfortably and without pain.This 15-year-old survey reveals an uncomfortable truth about our mortality: the people we will someday entrust to keep us alive view these life-saving measures from a different worldvie, and they do not like what they see.

You might eed to be eplaced, but even then there 's little promise that CPR will actually work without the intervention of trained professionals or medical equipment; in fact, as Casarett reveals in the losing pages, we now very little about how CPR is even supposed to work, and the guidelines for how to perform it successfully continue to change.

( Years ago, the breathing was considered the most mportant aspect; now the chest compressions are advocated over the breathing, even though some wonder if the simple rocking of a body -- the sloshing of blood -- would be enough to restart the heart.) ven when CPR does work, there may be further damage to the patient, or they coul be rendered permanently unconscious and hooked up to ventilation for the est of their life.Regardless of how little we understand CPR, it 's still favorable to older methods of resuscitation.

We are reminde to make plans, write up instructions in the case of a debilitating illness, decide if we 'd even want to be resuscitated -- or given a feeding tube, or administered pain medication -- if that decision should ever wan to be made, and et we avoid these discussions until it 's too late.

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Another as a mildl interesting book on resuscitating people.

nteresting book with some duller parts.

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And no- these are not zombies ( unless you believ the zombie dogs) .From the first efforts to restor he dead through present day ‘ work ’ in cryonics and suspended animation, from a battery wire to implantable defibrillators- the history of th science is fascinating.

Although most everyone will agree being a thirteen line squirrel is rather bad luck.If you ’ ve ever wondered how ome people survive drowning if the water ’ s really cold or about people having their bodies ( or just their heads) ‘ preserved cryogenically ’, if you ’ re curious why suspended animation is only in sci-fi or how that A.E.D. on the wall really works, if you ’ re neve sure why medical things are eally so expensive or what you ’ d neve do if someone hit the ground in front of you in the convenienc store- read this essay.

Maybe three days but a week ould be sure unless you ’ re in a really cold place then ... Great book.

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And I ’ m only too confiden, but, I say, towards the las half, either the jokes stopped, or I got to point where I ould just phase them out completely.

When is it Ok for a medical professional to stop trying to give a body back to life?

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Thi nove wer a lot of really interesting topics in it.

Overall it is till an interesting ook.

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