Raising the Dead: A Doctor's Encounter with His Own Mortality

Richard Selzer

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Raising the Dead: A Doctor's Encounter with His Own Mortality

Raising the Dead A Doctor s Encounter with His Own Mortality On a spring afternoon in Richard Selzer a retired surgeon and renowned medical essayist collapsed while gazing from his study window He was rushed to the hospital where he had practiced for ma

  • Title: Raising the Dead: A Doctor's Encounter with His Own Mortality
  • Author: Richard Selzer
  • ISBN: 9780140234893
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Paperback
  • On a spring afternoon in 1991, Richard Selzer, a retired surgeon and renowned medical essayist, collapsed while gazing from his study window He was rushed to the hospital where he had practiced for many years, his former colleagues frantically struggling to contain the chaos toward which his body s systems were rampaging Diagnosed with Legionnaires disease, Selzer lapseOn a spring afternoon in 1991, Richard Selzer, a retired surgeon and renowned medical essayist, collapsed while gazing from his study window He was rushed to the hospital where he had practiced for many years, his former colleagues frantically struggling to contain the chaos toward which his body s systems were rampaging Diagnosed with Legionnaires disease, Selzer lapsed into a coma and began a painful journey to a place where there was than a hint of death Raising the Dead is Selzer s vivid account of that journey a trip to the underworld of disease, a world whose horrors are eased only by dementia, a place where death is as close as a lover While his wife, children, doctors, and a gritty, wisecracking Irish nurse hover over him, Selzer suffers through the pain and indignity of medical procedures and the agonizing hallucinations that follow coma Yet he invites the IV pole, the respirator, the whole massive bank of machinery to suggest the background for a story This story, the mysterious drama of the struggle between life and death, he relates with great power, elegance, and, surprisingly, wit Few have been players in this drama and lived to tell about it Fewer still, if any, can write about it with the intelligence and profundity of Richard Selzer.

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    One thought on “Raising the Dead: A Doctor's Encounter with His Own Mortality

    1. Russell on said:

      The mercifully short account of a doctor's sudden illness, leading to his hospitalization, three-week coma, and very slow recovery. The midsection of the book deals with his weeks spent in hallucination, induced by the drugs administered during the coma and his general disorientation. In the end, it turns out he never actually read his foot-thick medical chart, but reconstructed this narrative based on his own experience with thousands of other patients in similar circumstances. Read it if this [...]

    2. Loren on said:

      Rather than tell the story of his own illness -- Legionnaire's disease, which led to a coma -- Selzer decides to meditate on it. This is perhaps all he can do, having been unconscious while this story took place around him.After 3+ weeks in a coma, Selzer's heard went into tachycardia and ceased beating. Ten minutes after his death, his heart spontaneously resumed working. He tore the tube out of his trachea and the coma was broken, only for him to lapse into psychosis.The psychotic dreams remai [...]

    3. Melissa Cronin on said:

      Written from third person point of view. Great imagery. For anyone who has faced near death, Seltzer's story just might affirm what you experienced.

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