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BACKGROUND Some people report a near-death experience (NDE) after a life-threatening crisis. We aimed to establish the cause of this experience and assess factors that affected its frequency, depth, and content. METHODS In a prospective study, we included 344 consecutive cardiac patients who were successfully resuscitated after cardiac arrest in ten Dutch(More)
Because the publication of several prospective studies on near-death experience (NDE) in survivors of cardiac arrest have shown strikingly similar results and conclusions, the phenomenon of the NDE can no longer be scientifically ignored. The NDE is an authentic experience that cannot be simply reduced to imagination, fear of death, hallucination,(More)
In a recent article in this journal entitled 'There is nothing paranormal about near-death experiences', Dean Mobbs and Caroline Watt [1] concluded that '[t]aken together, the scientific evidence suggests that all aspects of the near-death experience have a neurophysiological or psychological basis' (p. 449). We suggest that Mobbs and Watt explained 'all(More)
In two recent publications, one by Dean Mobbs and Caroline Watt and the other by Kevin Nelson, I was surprised to find my and my colleagues' 2001 article in the Lancet misrepresented. In this Editorial, I attempt to correct those misrepresentations and to discuss them with regard to responsible scholarship in the ongoing debate in the professional(More)
This review supports cardiologist Pim van Lommel's continuity claim for human existence in his recently published book Consciousness Be-studied NDEs among 344 Dutch hospital patients who had been resuscitated following cardiac arrest. From their and others' NDE research findings (e.g., accurate perceptions during the arrest period), van Lommel and(More)
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