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Recollections of Death: A Medical Investigation Hardcover – December, 1981


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st edition (December 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060148950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060148959
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Sabom is a cardiologist in private practice and on staff at Northside and Saint Joseph's Hospitals in Atlanta, GA. His first book, Recollections of Death: A Medical Investigation, is considered to be a landmark in the field of near-death research. He has been featured on ABC's 20-20, NBC's Dateline, CBS's 48 Hours, CNN-TV, and in Focus on the Family's Physician magazine and major newspapers nationwide.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By F. Webster on July 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
I read Dr. Michael Sabom's book some years ago, and hope to reread it soon.

NOTE: Dr. Sabom is a cardiologist, who puts his faith strictly in the scientific method. He has no use for any non-scientific explanations for near-death experiences or any other paranormal phenomena. In the first part of his book he stated: "Unscientific -- that I will never be." He gave a brief account of an adult education session by the Methodist Church where he was in attendance, at which Dr. Raymond Moody (author of "Life After Life" and "Reflections on Life After Life") gave a presentation. Afterwards, Dr. Sabom stated that the kindest thing he could say about Dr. Moody's presentation was: "I don't believe a word of it." But he was talked into doing a study using patients who had sustained NDEs resulting from serious medical emergencies. I understand that he was at first reluctant to undertake this project because he believed nothing would come of it.

Dr. Sabom is the ideal type of researcher of near-death experiences: a confirmed skeptic and believer in the scientific method, who DID NOT BELIEVE, at least initially, the reality of what he was investigating. **This is crucial**. It means that he is unlikely to give credence to anything other than solid scientific evidence. It also means that he is unlikely to go one iota beyond what that evidence shows.

His book does exactly that -- demonstrates in easy-to-understand language what his research has come up with. No metaphysical speculation. "just the facts."

Also a compelling page-turner. I don't see how any of the physicalist-atheists can debunk it.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Edward Nelson on November 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
In spite of the somewhat morbid and scary title, this is an incridible page turner that gives the reader a possible glimpse into what may lay ahead for all of us. It is well written and could serve as a book to calm one's fears about death and the unknown. As the book states, it is not proof of an afterlife, but one certainly wonders how so many unrelated people near death can have basically the same visions. It is a cronicle that the reader is not soon to forget, if ever.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By silvermind, on November 5, 2012
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I have read tons of works on NDEs and CDEs, all of Moody's books, etc. Nevertheless, Sabon starts where the others ended. The content of the book is so incredible that once you have it in your hands you will never let it go and will keep it like a treasure. As per the book itself, I received it used, but in good condition, and the price.., anything less expensive had been free. I am very happy I bought it. Recollections of Death: A Medical Investigation
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Shevlin on June 6, 2014
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I love it and literally can't put it down. If I have to wait for someone-even a few minutes- the book is with me! Love these kinds of medical stories. The only thing I would say, is that the jacket cover was quite "beat up". But, no matter. It was only the jacket. It's an absolutely fascinating, intriging account of NDE's and OBE's.
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