The Undead: Organ Harvesting, the Ice-Water Test, Beating Heart Cadavers--How Medicine Is Blurring the Line Between Life and Death

The Undead: Organ Harvesting, the Ice-Water Test, Beating Heart Cadavers--How Medicine Is Blurring the Line Between Life and Death

by Dick Teresi
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The Undead: Organ Harvesting, the Ice-Water Test, Beating Heart Cadavers--How Medicine Is Blurring the Line Between Life and Death by Dick Teresi

Important and provocative, The Undead examines why even with the tools of advanced technology, what we think of as life and death, consciousness and nonconsciousness, is not exactly clear and how this problem has been further complicated by the business of organ harvesting.

Dick Teresi, a science writer with a dark sense of humor, manages to make this story entertaining, informative, and accessible as he shows how death determination has become more complicated than ever. Teresi introduces us to brain-death experts, hospice workers, undertakers, coma specialists and those who have recovered from coma, organ transplant surgeons and organ procurers, anesthesiologists who study pain in legally dead patients, doctors who have saved living patients from organ harvests, nurses who care for beating-heart cadavers, ICU doctors who feel subtly pressured to declare patients dead rather than save them, and many others. Much of what they have to say is shocking. Teresi also provides a brief history of how death has been determined from the times of the ancient Egyptians and the Incas through the twenty-first century. And he draws on the writings and theories of celebrated scientists, doctors, and researchers—Jacques-Bénigne Winslow, Sherwin Nuland, Harvey Cushing, and Lynn Margulis, among others—to reveal how theories about dying and death have changed. With The Undead, Teresi makes us think twice about how the medical community decides when someone is dead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307907110
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/13/2012
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,091,289
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Dick Teresi is the coauthor of The God Particle and the author of Lost Discoveries: The Ancient Roots of Modern Science, both selected as New York Times Book Review Notable Books. He has been the editor in chief of Science Digest, Longevity, VQ, and Omni, and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic, among other publications.

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The Undead: Organ Harvesting, the Ice-Water Test, Beating-Heart Cadavers-- How Medicine Is Blurring the Line Between Life and Death 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most poorly researched and written books about such an important issue. I returned the book at B&N after reading the first chapter. There are Writers and there are Authors. Mr. Teresi, you are no Author. I do not recommend anyone purchasing this book.
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I really liked Mr. Teresi's Lost Discoveries: The Ancient Roots of Modern Science-- from the Babylonians to the Maya and thought I would like this as well. I have to say, I feel as if I wasted my gift card on this book. It felt trashy and sensationalistic. He was trying to capture the reader with "gripping" stories of misdiagnosis but I think he himself was misunderstanding the medical process. Wish I could get my gift card back.