Wednesday, 29 January 2014

The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences, Dr Penny Sartori

I'd heard about these, and was not entirely convinced that they were simply a phenomena, and that the brain was 'shutting down' or being starved of oxygen.  Dr Sartori, PhD, RGN, had her doubts, too.  As an experienced intensive care nurse, she first came across a patient who'd had Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) while she was on duty.  NDErs were always deeply affected, and more often than not unable to find words to adequately describe the episode.  They were, almost without exception, life-changing, and patients lost any fear of death. Near-Death Experiences are not all that common, but as Dr Sartori spoke to patients who'd had them, she became intrigued.  It seemed no-one had studied this seriously and she decided she was the one to do so.  She spent five years carrying out doctoral research - the UKs first long-tern prospective study.

Filled with clinical case studies and describing thorough and serious research into experiences which have all too often been dismissed as 'imagination' or hallucination, this is a very readable book written by an expert in the subject.

I found the book extremely enlightening and would absolutely recommend it.

Paperback £10.99  

ISBN 9781780285658

Published in the UK February 2014 by Watkins Publishing

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Thursday, 23 January 2014

Review: Death Must Go On - Mac Fletcher

It's the mid-1950s and the scene is set in a sleepy little village. An undertaker, a pharmacist, a solicitor, a pub landlord and a reluctant doctor are plotting the deaths of a handful of elderly residents. 
All in a good cause: to boost the motley crew's retirement fund. A death occurs sooner than planned, and word of the scheme gets out, leaving the gang with apparently no choice but to ensure that death must go on. 
This rollicking story is a tad off the wall at times, but I found it to be quite the page-turner and nowhere near as gruesome as I'd feared. The story wraps up nicely with the baddies punished and the innocent, the remorseful and the downright daft all dealt with neatly.
I thoroughly enjoyed the journey and am looking forward to the next book from this author.

This is on Kindle for under £2.00