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Erasing Death: The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death Hardcover – 26 Feb 2013

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (26 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062080601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062080608
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,128,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Contrary to popular belief, death isnot a moment in time, such as whenthe heart stops beating, re....

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His first book, with all the ground breaking research was superb, but this is just padding and retreading over the same ground. Obviously trying to cash in and make more money from the first.
Nothing new here.
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HASH(0x8ed77e7c) out of 5 stars A must read for anyone serious about NDEs or resuscitation medicine 27 Feb. 2013
By Ben Williams - Published on
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In Erasing Death, Sam Parnia has created a highly readable review of the area of resuscitation medicine and of the now widely accepted phenomena of Near Death Experiences (NDEs) or Actual Death Experiences as he calls them. He provides a very thorough exploration of all the possible scientific theories, clearly showing why each falls short. In addition he has bought to light some of the latest developments in medicine that should improve survival rates.

Erasing Death also delves into the philosophical debate about the existence of the soul, and whether it is something that is generated by the brain or that uses the brain as a host. This discussion is expanded into the whole area of what consciousness means, including tussling with some of the modern attempts to explain it in quantum mechanical terms. Parnia is clearly a man who has contemplated and researched these concepts for many years, driven by the context of his own father's tragic permanent loss of consciousness and of the various experiences he has witnessed in emergency medicine.

However, many, would have bought this book to learn about results from the AWARE study and Dr Parnia does not disappoint. I will not put a spoiler in, particularly relating to any evidence supporting the out of body experience, but he does discuss some tantalizing initial findings. Interestingly, it would appear that a book published over a year ago, called Aware of Aware by Ben Williams, may have been on the money when it came to predicting the outcome. From what is revealed in Erasing Death it would appear that there are plans to expand the study and tighten some of the techniques used to insure better capturing of any evidence. As Parnia points out, this is a new area of science and these researchers are the trail blazers.

Overall I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in the area of resuscitation medicine and NDEs. There are occasions when the writing is heavy on detail, and lay readers may get impatient, however this level of thoroughness should be expected from someone of Parnia's status and experience and only adds to the increasing authority that he brings to this discussion. For anyone who wishes to be fully informed on the latest and most valuable research this an absolute must read. Well done Dr Parnia and thank you for your dedication to this incredibly important subject.
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HASH(0x8ed7a2c4) out of 5 stars "Death is not a moment. It's a process." 2 Mar. 2013
By Amelia Gremelspacher - Published on
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Parnia deftly explains very complex processes for a non-professional audience. The book is roughly divided into an exploration of resuscitation and of experiences reported by people concerning while dead. In both sections he discusses standardization of process and scientific method. His language is smooth and easy to follow while not being so elementary to be condescending or boring.

His discussion of the "zip code" lottery that dictates the skill of the team attempting resuscitation is truly shocking. Equally disquieting is the fact that survival of cardiac stoppage has not improved since 1965. He presents compelling arguments for the training in CPR, the use of lowering the temperature in the patient, updating equipment, and mandating best practice are all balanced persuasive. Equally fascinating for me were his description of the exact mechanisms of death. He is quite detailed on the cascade of events that accompany the halting of a heart.

Parnia has chosen to scientifically study the reports of patients returning from cardiac death. His findings come strongly in support of cultural reports. He makes very solid argument for believing the brain and the self are not one entity. The philosophical history is an interesting adjunct to the exposition. This part of provides a concise and thorough explication of the theories of the near death experience. He also provides convincing counter arguments to those who believe they are simply artifacts of the dying brain.

I heard of this book on NPR, and I am pleased with the reference. There is some repetition of content between chapters, the context is different. Therefore the repetition may be to support different points. It isn't annoying. Whether your belief system allows for after death experience or not, this book offers a balanced view of the subject, handled from the point of view of a researcher. The material on resuscitation speaks for itself. It is a book worth your time.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ed7a4ec) out of 5 stars Writing is horrible but topic is great 14 April 2013
By Rocky - Published on
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Two stars simply because of the writing. The writer repeats himself again and again. He tends to explain everything in terms that the lowest common denominator can understand, however, he does so in an annoyingly repetitive manner. I heard about this on NPR and was very interested but I can't read more than 3 pages without wanting to throw my kindle out the window. Perhaps I'm not the right audience, however, I really really want to get to the end since it's a very interesting subject. Best of luck.
30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ed7a3e4) out of 5 stars Great medico-science update. However, adds little, if any, new data about the near death experience. 28 Feb. 2013
By Clifford Scott - Published on
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Great medico-science update. However, adds little, if any, new data about the near death experience.
This book does a good job explaining what happens to the body biologically, chemically, and physically when death occurs. It also does a good job providing up to date information on the process of resuscitation of those who have "crossed over to the other side". However, the book doesn't really add any new information about the near death experience itself.
Therefore, if you're considering purchasing this book to gain additional information about the near death experience, you may want to reconsider. However, if you would like to be provided a very thorough update on the advances that have been made in resuscitation science, then, by all means, purchase the book.
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By Brent Albaugh - Published on
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After listening to Sam's NPR interview last week, I was sufficiently impressed with his scientific approach to a subject that most often teeters on philosophical speculation. I'm now equally impressed with his written work. This is a solid book that asks life's ultimate question from a scientific standpoint. What becomes of consciousness upon death? Further study may shed some new light on the old philosophical question regarding the relationship of body/soul.
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