Cheating death

October 14, 2009 § 1 Comment

marat-deathThere’s a new book by CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta which talks about death. “Cheating death” looks at medical miracles of the modern age, of how some patients miraculously come alive after being declared clinically dead. Gupta says the book will shatter conventional thinking about death; and holds the idea that modern technology will someday conquer the hooded crusader.

A revolutionary medical method called “suspended animation” is now being tested in the United States, specifically for the purpose of cheating death. The method talks about injecting a near-lethal dose of deadly toxins in the body of the patient to deprive it of all oxygen molecules, thereby preserving the body, or putting it under a “state of animation”. Doctors are excited about the idea, because finally, they have something, a technological answer to the question of mortality.

A body under suspended animation is a body in inertia. Major functions are suspended yet cells don’t regenerate because food is injected intravenously to the body to keep those cells alive. For medical experts, this method allows terminal patients some time to recover, or give their doctors time to find a cure.


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