Life with Sudden Death: A Tale of Moral Hazard and Medical Misadventure [NOOK Book]

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The youngest of nine children, Michael Downing was three when his father died — suddenly and inexplicably. No autopsy was performed. The family diagnosis was God’s will.

As a boy, Downing rigorously trained as a spiritual athlete, preparing to vault into heaven. But eventually he escaped the religious dogma, and the family arena — until one of his brothers died in 2003, ...
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Life with Sudden Death: A Tale of Moral Hazard and Medical Misadventure

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Overview

The youngest of nine children, Michael Downing was three when his father died — suddenly and inexplicably. No autopsy was performed. The family diagnosis was God’s will.

As a boy, Downing rigorously trained as a spiritual athlete, preparing to vault into heaven. But eventually he escaped the religious dogma, and the family arena — until one of his brothers died in 2003, suddenly and inexplicably. No autopsy was performed.

Alarmed, Downing pursued a diagnosis: Drawn into a world of researchers, clinicians, and manufacturers with their own arcane ethics and faith, Downing discovered he had inherited a mutant protein from his father, and the first symptom would be his sudden death.

To save his life, a defibrillator was hard-wired to his heart. Within weeks, he needed emergency surgery to remove the device and the life-threatening infection he got with it. Two months later, he was re-implanted — only to read in his morning newspaper that the new wires anchored to his heart were prone to failure. His device might be powerless, or it might deliver a series of unwarranted, possibly fatal, shocks.

From a bedeviled boyhood in the Berkshires to a grim comedy of errors in one of Boston’s best hospitals, Life with Sudden Death is a wild ride.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582439471
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 9/10/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 311 KB

Meet the Author

Michael Downing is the author of six books, including the novel Breakfast with Scot, which was adapted into a film. He teaches creative writing at Tufts University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Author website: michaeldowningbooks.com/
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Table of Contents

I Elementary School

1 Occupational Hazards 3

2 Other People's Parties 11

3 False Pride 29

4 Negative Capability 42

5 Principles of Accounting 54

6 Family Bonds 75

7 Second Verse, Same as the First 91

8 The Other Lazarus 109

II Medical School

1 Occupational Hazards 133

2 Other People's Parties 147

3 False Pride 165

4 Negative Capability 176

5 Principles of Accounting 190

6 Family Bonds 205

7 Second Verse, Same as the First 217

8 The Other Lazarus 234

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