This Doctor Thinks We May Achieve Immortality, But Isn't Sure We'd Want To

August 12, 2014 12:36 PM

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This Doctor Thinks We May Achieve Immortality, But Isn't Sure We'd Want To

David Casarett, M.D. was first inspired to become a doctor after reading a newspaper article in 1986 about the strange case of a toddler named Michelle Funk. She drowned in an icy creek near her home, fully submerged in the frigid water for over an hour. She was half-frozen and without a pulse, declared dead -- until a team of emergency room doctors used a novel warming protocol and an external heart and lung pump to bring her back to life. The medical feat was the subject of news stories around the world.

Fast forward nearly 30 years and Casarett is a respected professor at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine. He's also a specialist in hospice and end-of-life care -- some would argue, the very opposite medical specialty from his initial interest. But in a new book, Shocked: Adventures...

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