This book is pleasantly written, and is easy to read. Presently, the common approach in order for a scientific book to be taken seriously is for the author/editor to find a balance between being 'positive' and affirmative with regards to their data and rationale, but also sufficiently reticent and 'holding back' and showing 'doubt' in order to appease the expectations of persons who interpret 'positivity' as not being the same as being critical or 'scientific' and, perhaps, staunch/authoritative. Jeffrey Long M.D. provides selected extracts of records/data received via his online Near Death Experience Foundation website, discusses the data that he has received via his website and lists of questions asked of persons who submit, and communicates his conclusions after having considered the data for some years. Mr. Long and/or his Editor do not quote all records received or, perhaps, full accounts of those that are quoted. Mr. Long concludes that, from his perspective in relation to the data, and to an extent personal disposition that there is strong evidence to conclude that mind/consciousness may exist separately from the body, and that there may be an afterlife or something similar. The conclusions are in part drawn from utilisation of a comparison with existing 'orthodox' 'authorised' understandings of brain and body function (i.e. 'medically explicable explanations'), especially superficial rather than deep brain structures (i.e. EEG Cortex measurements rather than Brain Stem), and so these conclusions are somewhat dependent upon whether or not future elucidation of as-yet unrecognised 'orthodox' brain/body functions that could 'explain' some or all aspects of the NDE experiences later arise. Magicians would be a recommended body of experts to call in to consider the viability of Out of Body perceptions, and to eliminate illusion, in addition to the AWARE study of the Horizon Research Foundation also looking into NDE's. A recommended read for the discerning.