Erasing Death: The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death

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Erasing Death: The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death

Format:  Hardcover,

344 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Feb 2013

ISBN-13: 9780062080608

ISBN-10: 0062080601

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Contrary to popular belief, death isnot a moment in time, such as whenthe heart stops beating, respirationceases, or the brain stops functioning. Death, rather, is a process--a process that can beinterrupted well after it has begun. Innovativetechniques, such as drastically reducing thepatient's body temperature, have proven to beeffective in revitalizing both the body andmind, but studies show they are only employedin approximately half of the hospitalsthroughout the United States and Europe.

In Erasing Death, Dr. Sam Parnia presentscutting-edge research from the front line ofcritical care and resuscitation medicine thathas enabled modern doctors to routinelyreverse death, while also shedding light onthe ultimate mystery: what happens to humanconsciousness during and after death. Parniareveals how medical discoveries focused onsaving lives have also inadvertently raised thepossibility that some form of "afterlife" maybe uniquely ours, as evidenced by the continuationof the human mind and psyche in thefirst few hours after death. Questions aboutthe "self" and the "soul" that were oncerelegated to theology, philosophy, or evenscience fiction are now being examined afreshaccording to rigorous scientific research.

With physicians such as Parnia at the forefront, we are on the verge of discovering a new universalscience of consciousness that reveals thenature of the mind and a future where death isnot the final defeat, but is in fact reversible.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Feb 2013
ISBN-13: 9780062080608
ISBN-10: 0062080601
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 344
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.1
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.25

Chapter outline

Amazing Things Are Happening Herep. 1
One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Mankindp. 19
The Formula of Lifep. 35
Reversing Deathp. 53
The Orphanp. 87
What It's Like to Diep. 119
The Elephant in the Darkp. 145
Understanding the Self: Brain, Soul, and Consciousnessp. 177
The Afterlife We Knowp. 199
The AWARE Studyp. 221
What Does It All Mean?p. 259
Acknowledgmentsp. 293
AWARE Study Collaboratorsp. 295
Bibliography and Resources for Further Readingp. 297

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2013-04-01)

Parina's (medicine, Univ. of Southampton, UK) provocative book explores advances in "resuscitation science", i.e., the techniques health-care providers employ to restore function to a heart that has stopped. Advances in the practice allow individuals who have been without heart function for longer and longer periods to be restored to life without subsequent damage. These advances, Parina argues, should alter our current understandings of the relationship between the body and consciousness, since people who have been clinically dead can be brought back to life.

He explores what have traditionally been called near-death experiences, renaming them "actual death experiences" because many of those who supposedly have them have stopped breathing or having heart function. Some of those who are said to have been brought back report meeting loved ones or a God who affirms their religious beliefs. The last part of the book describes Parina's AWARE study, an attempt to scientifically measure, using objects located in a standard hospital room, what people see during an actual death experience, as well as limitations of the study.

Verdict: Part philosophy, part medicine, and always thought-provoking, this book will appeal to readers interested in near-death experiences, views of the afterlife, and end-of-life care.

-Aaron Klink, Duke Univ., Durham, NC

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Contrary to popular belief, death is not a moment in time, such as when the heart stops beating, respiration ceases, or the brain stops functioning. Death, rather, is a process—a process that can be interrupted well after it has begun. Innovative techniques, such as drastically reducing the patient's body temperature, have proven to be effective in revitalizing both the body and mind, but studies show they are only employed in approximately half of the hospitals throughout the United States and Europe.

In Erasing Death, Dr. Sam Parnia presents cutting-edge research from the front line of critical care and resuscitation medicine that has enabled modern doctors to routinely reverse death, while also shedding light on the ultimate mystery: what happens to human consciousness during and after death. Parnia reveals how medical discoveries focused on saving lives have also inadvertently raised the possibility that some form of "afterlife" may be uniquely ours, as evidenced by the continuation of the human mind and psyche in the first few hours after death. Questions about the "self" and the "soul" that were once relegated to theology, philosophy, or even science fiction are now being examined afresh according to rigorous scientific research.

With physicians such as Parnia at the forefront, we are on the verge of discovering a new universal science of consciousness that reveals the nature of the mind and a future where death is not the final defeat, but is in fact reversible.

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