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The handbook of near-death experiences : thirty years of investigation
Holden, Janice Miner.
Publication Information:
Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger Publishers, [2009]

Physical Description:
xv, 316 pages ; 25 cm
From the Publisher: Experts from around the world share the history and current state of near-death experience (NDE) knowledge. They explore controversies in the field, offer stories from their research, and express their hopes for the future of investigation into this fascinating phenomenon. As modern medical techniques for resuscitation advance, NDEs are more frequently reported. These include more than the popular notions of moving through a tunnel or seeing a light. They also include people, once revived, knowing things their knowledge of which can't currently be explained. As The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation makes clear, great controversy exists in the medical and psychological fields concerning NDEs. Are they caused by physiological changes in the brain, or are they biological reactions to oxygen loss or impending death? Are they a product of changing states of consciousness? Or are they caused by something else altogether? All of these ideas and more are discussed in this unique and comprehensive volume.
Foreword / Kenneth Ring -- Preface -- 1: Field of near-death studies: past, present, and future / Janice Miner Holden, Bruce Greyson, and Debbie James -- 2: Pleasurable Western adult near-death experiences: features, circumstances, and incidence / Nancy L Zingrone and Carlos S Alvarado -- 3: Aftereffects of pleasurable Western adult near-death experiences / Russell Noyes, Jr, Peter Fenwick, Janice Miner Holden, and Sandra Rozan Christian -- 4: Distressing Western near-death experiences: finding a way through the abyss / Nancy Evans Bush -- 5: Trailing clouds of glory: the near-death experiences of Western children and teens / Cherie Sutherland -- 6: Characteristics of Western near-death experiencers / Janice Miner Holden, Jeffrey Long, and B Jason MacLurg -- 7: Census of non-Western near-death experiences to 2005: observations and critical reflections / Allan Kellehear -- 8: World religions and near-death experiences / Farnaz Masumian -- 9: Veridical perception in near-death experiences / Janice Miner Holden -- 10: Explanatory models for near-death experiences / Bruce Greyson, Emily Williams Kelly, and Edward F Kelly -- 11: Practical applications of research on near-death experiences / Ryan D Foster, Debbie James, and Janice Miner Holden -- References -- Subject index -- Name index -- About the editors and contributors.

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