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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (4 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006208061X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062080615
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 706,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A fascinating discussion that addresses medical, moral and social issues and their implications for understanding consciousness, self-awareness and the soul."----Kirkus

"What happens when we die, and what lies beyond death's door, are among human-kind's most enduring questions. "Erasing Death" offers groundbreaking new insights into these vital questions. You won't want to miss out on this outstanding and highly recommended book."----Jeffrey Long, M.D., author of the "New York Times" bestselling "Evidence of the Afterlife"

"Parnia convincingly argues that death is a dynamic biological process that only begins once the heart stops beating. Modern medicine and technology have now made it feasible for consciousness to persist in the dying brain--and come back to life."----Stephan A. Mayer, M.D., professor of neurology and neurological surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

"Based on his studies on 'near-death experiences' (or even better 'actual-death experiences'), Parnia gives convincing arguments that there is a continuation of consciousness after physical death and that we have to reconsider our current definition of death. An important and highly recommended book."----Pim van Lommel, cardiologist, NDE researcher, and author of "Consciousness Beyond Life"

"A fascinating and informative book, written by this cutting-edge researcher on the forefront of resuscitation. "Erasing Death" may change the way we practice medicine."----Tom P. Auferheide, M.D., FACEP, FACC, FAHA, professor of emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin

""Erasing Death" is a solidly researched and carefully presented story that will astound readers and make them rethink what we believe about the border between life and death."---Bruce Greyson, M.D., Carlson Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Viginia Health System

"Parnia has captured the miracle of life... The public should learn from these compelling stories."----Robert E. O'Connor, M.D., MPH, professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Universityof Virginia School of Medicine

"Parnia has the extraordinary ability to communicate these complex concepts in a way that readers will understand. The result is a piece of work that is both stimulating and highly informative."----Jerry Nolan, M.D., consultant in anesthesia and intensive caremedicine at the Royal United Hospital, Bath, UK, and editor-in-chief of "Resuscitation"

"Parnia demonstrates that consciousness can persist after the disappearance of any outward sign of brain activity... His story gives hope for future improvements."----Graham Nichol, M.D., MPH, FRCP(C), director of the University of Washington-Harborview Center for Prehospital Emergency Care in Seattle, Washington

"[Parnia] helps bring people back from the dead--and some return with stories. Their tales could help save lives, and even challenge traditional scientific ideas about the nature of consciousness."--Wired

A fascinating discussion that addresses medical, moral and social issues and their implications for understanding consciousness, self-awareness and the soul. ----Kirkus"

What happens when we die, and what lies beyond death s door, are among human-kind s most enduring questions. "Erasing Death" offers groundbreaking new insights into these vital questions. You won t want to miss out on this outstanding and highly recommended book. ----Jeffrey Long, M.D., author of the "New York Times" bestselling "Evidence of the Afterlife""

Parnia convincingly argues that death is a dynamic biological process that only begins once the heart stops beating. Modern medicine and technology have now made it feasible for consciousness to persist in the dying brain and come back to life. ----Stephan A. Mayer, M.D., professor of neurology and neurological surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons"

Based on his studies on near-death experiences (or even better actual-death experiences ), Parnia gives convincing arguments that there is a continuation of consciousness after physical death and that we have to reconsider our current definition of death. An important and highly recommended book. ----Pim van Lommel, cardiologist, NDE researcher, and author of "Consciousness Beyond Life""

A fascinating and informative book, written by this cutting-edge researcher on the forefront of resuscitation. "Erasing Death" may change the way we practice medicine. ----Tom P. Auferheide, M.D., FACEP, FACC, FAHA, professor of emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin"

"Erasing Death" is a solidly researched and carefully presented story that will astound readers and make them rethink what we believe about the border between life and death. ---Bruce Greyson, M.D., Carlson Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Viginia Health System"

Parnia has captured the miracle of life The public should learn from these compelling stories. ----Robert E. O'Connor, M.D., MPH, professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Universityof Virginia School of Medicine"

Parnia has the extraordinary ability to communicate these complex concepts in a way that readers will understand. The result is a piece of work that is both stimulating and highly informative. ----Jerry Nolan, M.D., consultant in anesthesia and intensive caremedicine at the Royal United Hospital, Bath, UK, and editor-in-chief of "Resuscitation""

Parnia demonstrates that consciousness can persist after the disappearance of any outward sign of brain activity... His story gives hope for future improvements. ----Graham Nichol, M.D., MPH, FRCP(C), director of the University of Washington-Harborview Center for Prehospital Emergency Care in Seattle, Washington"

[Parnia] helps bring people back from the dead and some return with stories. Their tales could help save lives, and even challenge traditional scientific ideas about the nature of consciousness. --Wired"

From the Back Cover

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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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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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d16dbc4) out of 5 stars A must read for anyone serious about NDEs or resuscitation medicine 27 Feb. 2013
By Ben Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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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(0x9d166c0c) out of 5 stars "Death is not a moment. It's a process." 2 Mar. 2013
By Amelia Gremelspacher - Published on Amazon.com
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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 the.book 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.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d16b858) out of 5 stars Writing is horrible but topic is great 14 April 2013
By Rocky - Published on Amazon.com
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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(0x9dac73e4) 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 Amazon.com
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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 Amazon.com
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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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