I do not usually use this blog to review traditionally published books. Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, M.D. is one that I have wanted to read for quite some time and had purchased it six months ago to read in my spare time. I finally got around to reading it.
The subject matter of near death experiences (NDE’s) has intrigued me for probably three decades. The first NDE story I ever read was the experience of Dr. Richard Eby, who was an osteopath and gynecologist. Because Dr. Alexander is a neurosurgeon I wanted to read his story from a brain specialists point of view.
The book is very well written. He takes you through his experience both from his memories while in a coma and from the family and medical perspective. He examined his own well documented medical records and gives the reader his professional opinion from a scientific perspective of what was happening to him and the medical care he was given while in a coma. Had he been the physician and someone else the patient he would have come up with the same diagnosis and treatments as the doctors who handled his case. He explains the medical side in a way that even a non-medical person can understand. Medical terminology that I would not understand he explained in layman’s terms so it was clear to me what happened to him in the natural realm.
As a physician he had heard stories from his own patients about their NDE’s and always dismissed them as nothing real. In his own case however, none of the explanations that are normally given could not apply. He was patient zero for a truly unprecedented form of cerebral meningitis that completely shut down and destroyed the neocortex, the covering of the brain in which our consciousness resides. Every theory of the cause of NDE’s requires a functioning neocortex and he did not. His recovery was absolutely miraculous and his experiences while in a coma were clear.
At first, after his recovery, he wanted to read everything he could about other peoples experiences before he wrote his own. His son, however, reminded him that if he wanted to stay true to the scientific method, he needed to write his own experiences down first. He took his son’s advice. His experience, though having many of the characteristics of other reported NDE’s, was somewhat different than most.
Having read or watched a number of NDE stories I found this one fascinating for the detail, the rational and logical explanation on why it was a real afterlife experience and not some hallucination or dream. His account was well done, engaging, and never boring. His life story as well as his NDE story are woven together in a book that is both entertaining and informative. If you are curious about near death experiences I’d highly recommend this book.