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Overview

*Highly Commended in the Psychiatry category at the 2012 British Medical Association Book Awards*

A near-death experience (NDE) is a phenomenon whereby powerful physical and emotional sensations and visions are experienced by someone who is either close to death or has been declared clinically dead.

This is an accessible guide to the theory and evidence underlying the phenomenon of NDEs. With contributions from leading international experts in the field, it provides an overview of the research into NDEs, the nature of NDEs and how they have been experienced around the world, and the physiological, psychological and medical bases of the phenomenon. The book also discusses children's NDEs, NDEs from a religious perspective, the role of light in NDEs, the assessment and management of NDEs, and the future of research into the phenomenon.

This essential handbook will provide all those who may encounter someone who has had an NDE with the knowledge and understanding they need, including nurses, doctors, palliative care workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and pastoral workers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849051491
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 11/15/2011
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Mahendra Perera is Consultant Psychiatrist and Senior Fellow of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Australia. Karuppiah Jagadheesan is Consultant Psychiatrist, Australia. Anthony Peake is Research Fellow at the Center For Advanced Studies at the Giordano Bruno University.

Table of Contents

Foreword Janice Holden 7

Acknowledgmnets 8

Introduction 11

Chapter 1 Near-Death Experiences: An Overview and Early Studies P.M.H. Atwater, Retired investigative researcher and author 17

Chapter 2 A Critical Review of Epidemiological Studies of Near-Death Experiences, 2001-2010 Mahendra Perera, Albert Road Clinic, Melbourneand Rohan Jayasuriya, University of New South Wales 24

Chapter 3 Phenomenology of Near-Death Experiences Karuppiah Jagadheesan, North West Area Mental Health Service Victoria John Belanti, North West Area Mental Health Service, Victoria 36

Chapter 4 Dealing with Diversity; Cross-Cultural Aspects of Near-Death Experiences Ornella Corazza, University of Hertfordshire K.A.L.A. Kuruppuarachchi, University of Kelaniya 51

Chapter 5 Near-Death Experiences of Children Cherie Sutherland, researcher, educator and sociologist 63

Chapter 6 Pathophysiological Aspects of Near-Death Experiences Pirn van Lommel, Cardiologist, Hospital Rijnstate,Arnhem, The Netherlands 79

Chapter 7 Psychological Aspects of Near-Death Experiences Satwant K. PasrichaFormer Professor and Chair, National institute of Mental Health and Neorosciences, Department of Clinical Psychology, Bangalore 94

Chapter 8 Light and Near-Death Experiences Anthony Peake, Giordano Bruno University 103

Chapter 9 Religious Significance of Near-Death Experiences Paul Badham, Emeritus Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Wales 117

Chapter 10 Assessment and Management of Near Death Experiences Peter Fenwick, Institute of Psychiatry, London 122

Chapter 11 Prospecting in the Light: The Future of Near-Death Experiences Research David J. Wilde, University of Manchester Craig D. Murray,L ancaster University 123

Conclusion 135

Appendix 1 Interview Schedule 138

Appendix 2 Tape Rating Form 144

Appendix 3 Near-Death Experience Scale 150

Appendix 4 Nde Questionnaire 153

The Contributors 155

References 160

Subject Index 172

Author Index 175

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