Fear Of The Unknown / Edition 1

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Overview

...discusses life and death, and the possibility of survival of death as a need for the health care team.

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Reviewer: Margaret M. Brennan, DMin (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: Aware that many healthcare professionals, and physicians in particular, are uncomfortable talking with dying patients about death and what comes after death, the authors seek to provide evidence of postmortem existence. To this end, they survey the field of psychical research, that is, research of paranormal experiences such as ESP, deathbed apparitions, near death experiences, ghosts, and mediums.
Purpose: The authors believe that recognition of such phenomena can be a valid basis for belief in life after death. From this perspective, death ceases to be an end in itself, but a doorway to a new life. If physicians and others who work with the dying are informed about this research, the authors believe it will be easier to support patients in their dying rather than ignoring patients' questions or viewing death as a failure.
Audience: This book is intended for the medical community that is grounded in scientific research. The authors are not interested in the religious or the emotional dimensions of the dying patient's experience. Rather, they turn to the small but enduring field of psychical research to explore the meaning and possibility of life after death.
Features: This book is a valuable compendium to the field of psychical research. It offers documented examples of the various phenomena. Many of these cases are from the nineteenth and early twentieth century when interest in researching such experiences developed. Whether the examples presented will be sufficient to overcome skepticism about such phenomena, and whether physicians and others who work with the dying will be drawn to exploring such paranormal experiences, is a valid question. The authors conclude by acknowledging their own doubts and unresolved questions about life after death even as they search the literature for evidence.
Assessment: Without diminishing the fact that some people experience such phenomena, it is difficult to draw conclusions about what happens after we die. Belief about life after death may still be a more appropriate subject for theological and philosophical reflection than scientific inquiry.
Margaret M. Brennan
Aware that many healthcare professionals, and physicians in particular, are uncomfortable talking with dying patients about death and what comes after death, the authors seek to provide evidence of postmortem existence. To this end, they survey the field of psychical research, that is, research of paranormal experiences such as ESP, deathbed apparitions, near death experiences, ghosts, and mediums. The authors believe that recognition of such phenomena can be a valid basis for belief in life after death. From this perspective, death ceases to be an end in itself, but a doorway to a new life. If physicians and others who work with the dying are informed about this research, the authors believe it will be easier to support patients in their dying rather than ignoring patients' questions or viewing death as a failure. This book is intended for the medical community that is grounded in scientific research. The authors are not interested in the religious or the emotional dimensions of the dying patient's experience. Rather, they turn to the small but enduring field of psychical research to explore the meaning and possibility of life after death. This book is a valuable compendium to the field of psychical research. It offers documented examples of the various phenomena. Many of these cases are from the nineteenth and early twentieth century when interest in researching such experiences developed. Whether the examples presented will be sufficient to overcome skepticism about such phenomena, and whether physicians and others who work with the dying will be drawn to exploring such paranormal experiences, is a valid question. The authors conclude by acknowledging their own doubts andunresolved questions about life after death even as they search the literature for evidence. Without diminishing the fact that some people experience such phenomena, it is difficult to draw conclusions about what happens after we die. Belief about life after death may still be a more appropriate subject for theological and philosophical reflection than scientific inquiry.
Booknews
Deals with epistemological issues surrounding dying patients and the relationships between medical professionals and the dying, helping members of the health team address their emotions and fears about death. Discusses the question of life after death from various perspectives, and draws on psychic research to explore pre-death phenomena, out-of-body and near-death experiences, mental mediumship, reincarnation, and ghosts. Includes a section on critical appraisal of these ideas, and the authors' personal convictions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275946838
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/24/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 174
  • Lexile: 1310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

ARTHUR S. BERGER is the director of the International Institute for the Study of Death.

JOYCE BERGER is administrator of the International Institute for the Study of Death.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. I Views of Death: General and Medical Implications 1
1 Views of Death 3
2 Personal Continuance View: Impact on the Dying Patient, Physician, Nurse, and Chaplain 17
Pt. II Investigations and Pre-Death Phenomena 31
3 A Century of Investigation 33
4 Extrasensory Perception 45
5 Out-of-Body Experience 53
6 The Near-Death Experience 63
7 Deathbed Visions 73
Pt. III At-Death Phenomena 79
8 At Death 81
Pt. IV Post-Death Phenomena 85
9 Mental Mediumship 87
10 Reincarnation 97
11 Haunting, Ghosts, and Apparitions 107
Pt. V Appraisal and Judgment 115
12 Critical Appraisal 117
13 Evaluation, Persuasion, and Aid-in-Dying 139
Selected Bibliography 147
Index 153
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