How Not to Drop Dead! A Guide for Prevention of 201 Causes of Sudden or Rapid Death

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Death, in itself, is a mysteriously foreboding visitor. No one specifically calls for his attention, ever questions when he will be by to claim us. Prolonged illness and long-suffering disease often precede the loss of loved ones, and as devastating as the loss is, the questions are many times answered through diagnosis beforehand. With an unexpected and abrupt death, there is often much confusion and, sometimes, guilt associated with it. But Dr. Eduardo Chapunoff shows us practical ways to educate ourselves in the prevention of an accidental or avoidable death in How Not To Drop Dead! A Guide For Prevention of 201 Causes of Sudden Or Rapid Death. He shines the light on a long, though even he admits a revised, list of the many roots. The exhaustive inventory of reasons is alphabetized, from aneurysms to sudden death in pregnancy/postpartum, and laid out in an easy-to-read format. With conditions reaching such topics as shark attacks and sexual asphyxiation, the recommendations are offered along with definitions, symptoms, and sometimes a very unique personal account or historical example, which makes for a very engaging read.

I will concur that reading about such a depressing topic as death can be draining and almost make a reader question whether they, too, are experiencing any of the conditions at hand, but in the wise counseling of Dr. Chapunoff, “…if the exposure and analysis of so many deadly events makes you sad and excessively preoccupied, at least every fifteen minutes, think more about life and living than about death and dying.”

Chapunoff’s light conversational voice and writing style lend to a reassuring blend of just the right amount of concern and amusement. Each example is written with an approachable assurance. He is the answer to a call for a physician with a heart and a smile.

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Author Eduardo Chapunoff, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.C.
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 359 pages
Publisher Xlibris
Publish Date 22-Feb-2010
ISBN 9781441513571
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Issue October 2010
Category Health, Fitness & Dieting
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