Parnia is writing a new book due out February 2013. pretty clear this is related to the AWARE study..
“Drawing upon ground-breaking research, Dr Sam Parnia explains what happens to the brain and consciousness during cardiac arrest. In The Lazarus
Effect, he shares the amazing stories of patients who have survived cardiac arrest, and explains how this points to a new understanding of death.
Medical science has made huge advances in recent years and it’s now clear that:
·If a patient hasn’t taken a breath for 10 minutes, they are not necessarily dead. In fact, death is not a moment in time but a process – today
you could still be resuscitated after 40 minutes.
·In 10 years’ time, we may recover loved ones hours, or even days, after their last breath.
·If the body suffers a serious trauma, the heart and brain cells go into a sort of hibernation from which they can recover.
·Recovery is much more likely if the body is artificially cooled – but only 50% of hospitals do this.
·Only 1.8% of resuscitations are currently successful (unlike how it seems on TV hospital dramas).
·The ‘dead’ can remember things, and do have some awareness while they’re ‘out of action’.
We need to reassess such questions as When is the brain actually dead?…When should organ donation begin?…What does all this mean about the nature
of our minds and our bodies? Using the very latest science, The Lazarus Effect has profound implications for the ways in which we view death – and
life…and will hopefully change the way medics treat us should we ever find ourselves in Accident and Emergency.”
I'm not too thrilled with the summary honestly. Feels like the results could indicate NDE are hallucinatory (or at least, that there wasn't evidence
they are real).
The summary doesn't mention verified OBE (either through seeing the target images or a Pam Reynolds like case). It simply states we have awareness
while "out of action", but we always knew this. It doesn't say we have awareness out of body while "out of action". If the study offered convincing
evidence OBE occur separately from the brain, wouldn't that have been a major selling point of the book? I think that would be far more interesting
than what the current summary indicates.
Maybe a pessimistic way of viewing it, but I rather be pleasantly surprised than disappointed when the real results are released. The good news is we
seem to be a lot closer to getting the results. Should be January at the absolute latest (one of the versions of the book- either the European or
American one- is due out in January).
edit on 17-8-2012 by BailSnail because: (no reason given)