Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect

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Children who claim to remember a previous life have been found in many parts of the world, particularly in the Buddhist and Hindu countries of South Asia, among the Shiite peoples of Lebanon and Turkey, the tribes of West Africa, and the American northwest. Stevenson has collected over 2,600 reported cases of past-life memories of which 65 detailed reports have been published. Specific information from the children's memories has been collected and matched with the data of their claimed former identity, family, residence, and manner of death. Birthmarks or other physiological manifestations have been found to relate to experiences of the remembered past life, particularly violent death. Writing as a specialist in psychiatry and as a world-renowned scientific investigator of reported paranormal events, Stevenson asks us to suspend our Western tendencies to disbelieve in reincarnation and consider the reality of the burgeoning record of cases now available. This book summarizes Stevenson's findings which are presented in full in the multi-volume work entitled Reincarnation and Biology: A Contribution to the Etiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects, also published by Praeger.

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Editorial Reviews

This abridged version of "Reincarnation and Biology: A Contribution to the Etiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects" was written for those who wish to understand the essential content without the extensive documentation of the original monograph. It contains detailed case reports of children who claim to remember a previous life and who have birth defects or birthmarks which resemble healed gunshot or stab wounds, rope marks, or other injuries they remember experiencing. Most of the children are from countries where the belief in reincarnation is strong. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275951887
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

IAN STEVENSON is Carlson Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Personality Studies at the Health Sciences Center, University of Virginia.

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Table of Contents

A Note on Real Names and Pseudonyms
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Bodily Changes Corresponding to Mental Images in the Person Affected 13
Ch. 3 Bodily Changes Corresponding to Another Person's Mental Images 21
Ch. 4 Birthmarks Related to Previous Lives without Verification of Possible Corresponding Wounds 29
Ch. 5 Birthmarks Corresponding to Wounds Verified by Informants' Memories 37
Ch. 6 Birthmarks Corresponding to Wounds Verified by Medical Records 43
Ch. 7 Birthmarks Corresponding to Surgical Wounds and Other Skin Lesions on Deceased Persons 55
Ch. 8 Birthmarks Corresponding to Other Types of Wounds or Marks on Deceased Persons 63
Ch. 9 Nevi Corresponding to Wounds or Other Marks on Deceased Persons 69
Ch. 10 The Prediction of Birthmarks 73
Ch. 11 Changes in the Appearance and Relative Location of Birthmarks 81
Ch. 12 Correspondences of Details between Birthmarks and Related Wounds or Other Marks on Deceased Persons 85
Ch. 13 Discrepancies between Birthmarks and the Evidence of Reportedly Corresponding Wounds 97
Ch. 14 Some Correlates of Birthmarks Attributed to Previous Lives 103
Ch. 15 The Interpretations of Birthmarks Related to Previous Lives 109
Ch. 16 Introduction to Cases with Birth Defects 115
Ch. 17 Birth Defects of the Extremities 119
Ch. 18 Birth Defects of the Head and Neck 129
Ch. 19 Birth Defects Involving Two or More Regions of the Body 137
Ch. 20 Experimental Birth Defects 145
Ch. 21 Internal Diseases Related to Previous Lives 149
Ch. 22 Abnormalities of Pigmentation that May Derive from Previous Lives 153
Ch. 23 Physiques, Postures, Gestures, and Other Involuntary Movements Related to Previous Lives 161
Ch. 24 The Face as a Type of Birthmark or Birth Defect 165
Ch. 25 Twins with Memories of Previous Lives 169
Ch. 26 General Discussion 179
Sources of Additional Information 189
Index 193
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