Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect

Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect

by Ian Stevenson M.D.
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ABC-CLIO, Incorporated


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Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275951887
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/28/1997
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents



Bodily Changes Corresponding to Mental Images in the Person Affected

Bodily Changes Corresponding to Another Person's Mental Images

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

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 Related to Previous Lives

Abnormalities of Pigmentation that May Derive from Previous Lives

Physiques, Postures, Gestures, and Other Involuntary Movements Related to Previous Lives

The Face as a Type of Birthmark or Birth Defect

Twins with Memories of Previous Lives

General Discussion

Sources of Additional Information


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