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4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual approach to healthy living by a forensic pathologist, 23 July 2012
This review is from: How Not to Die: Surprising Lessons on Living Longer, Safer and Healthier (Paperback)
This is a guide to healthy living written by a woman who spends her professional life examining the corpses of people who have died unexpectedly - many of them prematurely and for reasons that were avoidable. The result is a very readable combination of case studies - the detective work necessary to establish cause of death - and reflections on what these deaths tell us about what we should avoid in our behaviour and lifestyles if we want to go on living healthy lives.

In a sense there is nothing new here; but the unusual approach really does focus the mind on the way in which the same small number of factors - particularly obesity, substance abuse, neglect of exercise, ignoring warning signs, and foolish risk-taking - crop up again and again on the morgue slab. The author sets out common-sense strategies to deal with all these things.

The author is an American medical examiner, and the book is written primarily for an American audience, but the truths that she highlights are common to all of us. Her advice amounts to a conservative strategy for living long and well by avoiding excessive risk: a refreshing change from the silly promises of life extension so often made by medically unqualified gurus.
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