Dying to know the truth: visions of a dying brain, or false memories?

  title={Dying to know the truth: visions of a dying brain, or false memories?},
  author={Christopher C. French},
  journal={The Lancet},
  • C. French
  • Published 15 December 2001
  • Medicine
  • The Lancet
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