Books by Dr. Pim van Lommel

  • Consciousness Beyond Life, The Science of the Near-Death Experience

    Dr. Pim van Lommel

    | Non-fiction

    2007

    Rights sold: HarperCollins (UK), Éditions Robert Laffont (France), Ediciones Atalanta (Spain), Edizioni Amrita (Italy), The Commercial Press (China), Semmelweis Kiadó (Hungary)

    Dr. Pim van Lommel, a renowned cardiologist, is the first medical practitioner to have undertaken a full, systematic study of near-death experiences (NDEs). As a cardiologist, he was struck by the number of his patients who claimed to have near-death experiences as a result of their heart attacks. As a scientist, this was difficult for him to accept: Wouldn’t it be scientifically irresponsible of him to ignore the evidence of these stories? Faced with this dilemma, van Lommel decided to design a research study to investigate the phenomenon under the controlled environment of a cluster of hospitals with a medically trained staff. For more than twenty years van Lommel systematically studied such near-death experiences in a wide variety of hospital patients who survived a cardiac arrest. In 2001, he and his fellow researchers published his study on near-death experiences in the renowned medical journal The Lancet. The article caused an international sensation as it was the first scientifically rigorous study of this phenomenon. In Consciousness Beyond Life, Van Lommel offers an in-depth presentation of his results and theories in this book that has been successfully published in various languages.

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