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Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect

Stevenson, Ian

 Psychiatrist Ian Stevenson has devoted much of his life to investigating cases of purported reincarnation. He has made in-depth studies of many cases and has amassed 2,600 cases in South Asia, Lebanon, Turkey, West Africa, and the northwestern U.S. Not only has he investigated the prototypical experience in which memories of past lives are checked against the data available concerning their former identity, family, home, and manner of death. He has introduced a new form of evidence: physiological data in the form of birthmarks or other physical evidence of violent death that related to past-life experiences. The latter is the subject of this book, which is a distillate for the general reader based on his more complete and technical work: Reincarnation and Biology: A Contribution to the Etiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects (also published by Praeger). There are 26 chapters. Except for the first, which is an introduction, and the last, which is a general discussion, the other 24 chapters present and discuss cases illustrating particular types of physiological data bearing on reincarnation. There is space to list only a few here: Birthmarks Corresponding to Wounds Verified by Medical Records; Birthmarks Corresponding to Surgical Wounds and Other Skin Lesions on Deceased Persons, The Prediction of Birthmarks, Some Correlates of Birthmarks Attributed to Other Lives, Introduction to Cases with Birth Defects [followed by four chapters on specific types of birth defects], Internal Diseases Related to Previous Lives, and Twins With Memories of Previous Lives.
Publisher Information:Westport, CT: Praeger, 1997. 203p. Additional information sources: 189-191. Index: 193-203
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