Stevenson, I., Cook, E. W., & McClean-Rice, N. (1989-1990). Are persons reporting 'near-death experiences' really near death? A study of medical records. Omega, 20(1) 45-54.
Abstract: In the cases of 107 patients who reported unusual experiences during an illness or injury, such as seeing their own body from a different position in space, medical records were obtained for forty patients. These were examined and rated according to the evidence they provided of grave, 1ife-threatening illness or injury. Eighteen patients (45%) were judged to have had serious, life-threatening illnesses or injuries, but twenty-two (55%) were rated as having had no life-threatening condition. Nevertheless, thirty-three (82.5%) of the patients believed that they had been 'dead' or near death. Deficiencies in the medical records may account for a few of the discrepancies between patients' reports and medical records. However, it seems likely that an important precipitator of the so-called near-death experience is the belief that one is dying-whether or not one is in fact close to death.
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Characteristics of NDEs—Encountering Beings, Deceased or Living
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