Reincarnation and Biology: A Contribution to the Etiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects Volume 1: Birthmarks

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Based on some 30 years of research on people who claim to remember past lives, this work encompasses the full spectrum of theory and case study on the subject to date. Early in his investigations, Stevenson became aware that some who remember past lives had birthmarks or birth defects that corresponded to wounds, usually fatal, on the person whose life was remembered. Writing as a scientist and a Western medical professional, Stevenson realized that the idea that wounds on a deceased person can influence the embryo of a later-born baby is subversive to many assumptions of modern biology. This work provides as many cases as could be found, worldwide, and is bolstered by numerous photographs.

Based on some 30 years of research on people who claim to remember past lives, this work encompasses the full spectrum of theory and case study on the subject to date. Early in his investigations, Stevenson became aware that some who remember past lives had birthmarks or birth defects that corresponded to wounds, usually fatal, on the person whose life was remembered. The work suggests surprising answers to such questions as the following: Why does someone born with a birth defect have the one he or she has, instead of another one? Why do some children show phobias in early infancy when they have had no traumatic experiences and no model for the phobia in their family? Why are some monozygotic (one-egg) twins markedly different from each other? Why do many boys who later become homosexual show effeminate behavior in infancy before their parents can have influenced them to do so?

Writing as a scientist and a Western medical professional, Stevenson realizes that the idea that wounds on a deceased person can influence the embryo of a later-born baby is subversive to many assumptions of modern biology. Knowing that each individual case has some flaw or weakness, he decided to publish the entire corpus of cases of this sort. Photographs of birthmarks and illustrations of weapons form part of the evidence in this daring and explorative research. This work will be of particular interest to physicians, psychiatrists, biologists, and anthropologists. In addition, those concerned with paranormal phenomena and the mind-brain problem will find this work challenging.

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Stevenson (psychiatry, U. of Virginia) has studied how birthmarks and birth defects are related to reincarnation for 30 years, but 20 years ago stopped publishing the cases he had examined in order to compile them in a single work. In the first volume he considers bodily changes corresponding to mental images in the subject and in another person, birthmarks related to previous lives with and without verification of possible corresponding wounds either by the memory of informants or medical records, predicting birthmarks, discrepancies, and interpretations of the findings. In the second volume, he discusses birth defects, internal diseases, abnormalities of pigmentation, other aspects of physical appearance and function, and twins. The cases he presents come from throughout the world. He has not constructed a definitive theory about the processes involved. Paged continuously and indexed together. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275952839
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Pages: 1188
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.53 (d)

Meet the Author

IAN STEVENSON, M.D., is Carlson Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Personality Studies at the University of Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Introduction

Bodily Changes Corresponding to Mental Images in the Person Affected

Bodily Changes Corresponding to Another Person's Mental Images

Birthmarks

Birthmarks Related to Previous Lives without Verification of Possible Corresponding Wounds

Birthmarks Corresponding to Wounds Verified by Informants' Memories

Birthmarks Corresponding to Wounds Verified by Medical Records

Birthmarks Corresponding to Surgical Wounds and Other Skin Lesions on Deceased Persons

Birthmarks Corresponding to Other Types of Wounds or Marks on Deceased Persons

Nevi Corresponding to Wounds or Other Marks on Deceased Persons

The Prediction of Birthmarks

Changes in the Appearance and Relative Location of Birthmarks

Correspondences of Details between Birthmarks and Related Wounds or Other Marks on Deceased Persons

Discrepancies between Birthmarks and the Evidence of Reportedly Corresponding Wounds

Some Correlates of Birthmarks Attributed to Previous Lives

The Interpretations of Birthmarks Related to Previous Lives

Appendix A: Summary of Relevant Events in the History of Modern Turkey

Appendix B: Summary of Relevant Events in the History of Modern Burma (Myanmar)

References

Birth Defects

Introduction to Cases with Birth Defects

Birth Defects of the Extremities

Birth Defects of the Head and Neck

Birth Defects Involving Two or More Regions of the Body

Experimental Birth Defects

Internal Diseases

Internal Diseases Related to Previous Lives

Abnormalities of Pigmentation

Abnormalities of Pigmentation that May Derive from Previous Lives

Other Aspects of Physical Appearance and Function

Physiques, Postures, Gestures, andOther Involuntary Movements Related to Previous Lives

The Face as a Type of Birthmark or Birth Defect

Twins

Twins with Memories of Previous Lives

General Discussion

General Discussion

References

Appendix C: Summaries of Principal Features of Cases Described in This Work

Appendix D: Alphabetical Guide to Cases Reported in Detail or Mentioned in This Work

Index

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