The Lazarus Effect by Sam Parnia

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How many minutes can you now survive after cardiac arrest? What do new medical techniques teach us about consciousness? How will these change our views of who we are? In 2012, two football stars collapsed while playing. Both were technically dead yet, while Fabrice Muamba received hypothermia treatment and recovered, his counterpart in another country did not. In "The Lazarus Effect", Dr Sam Parnia, a critical care physician and one of the world's leading experts on the scientific study of death, uses fascinating stories, as well as the very latest research, to investigate what happens during cardiac arrest. He also explains how medical advances are revolutionising our chances of survival. Parnia shows how these developments have introduced a controversial 'grey zone' between heart failure and irreversible death, where death is not a single point but a process. What does that mean for our definition of death? And how can we account for the way the human mind continues to exist after death has begun? These questions come from the heart of a debate that has profound ethical, scientific and philosophical implications for us all, not least the fact that, soon, we will have more power over life and death than ever before.
 

About Sam Parnia

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Dr Sam Parnia divides his time between hospitals in the United Kingdom and in the United States, where he is Director of Critical Care Research at State University of New York in Stony Brook. In the UK he is an honorary fellow at Southampton University Hospital, and Founder Director of the Human Consciousness Project at the University of Southampton, leading AWARE, a new scientific study analysing the brain and consciousness during cardiac arrest. His work has been widely featured in the Guardian, GQ, Psychology Today, Time, Newsweek, as well as on the BBC and CNN. He is the author of What Happens When We Die?
 
Published March 7, 2013 by Rider & Co.
Genres: Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Sam Parnia MD has a highly sought after medical speciality: resurrection.

Apr 06 2013 | Read Full Review of The Lazarus Effect

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I am not that interested in reading about people who have seen a light or had their life flash before their lives, I’m more intrigued by the science that surrounds it, and I quite liked his renaming of these as ADEs (actual death experiences) in light of the above comment about death being a proc...

Apr 10 2014 | Read Full Review of The Lazarus Effect

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