Dr. Michael Sabom's Near-Death Experience Research

Dr. Michael Sabom is a cardiologist whose first book, Recollections of Death, is considered to be a landmark in the field of near-death research. He is a leading authority with over twenty years in the field. In 1994, he founded the Atlanta Study which is the first comprehensive investigation of its kind into NDEs. Its purpose was to document the life-and-death dramas played out in operating rooms and hospital beds - and the simultaneous events unseen by medical personnel but reported with astonishing clarity and conviction by nearly 50 individuals who returned from death's door. Dr. Sabom's latest book, Light and Death, shares with the world his findings from the Atlanta Study. Sabom, also a born-again Christian, scrutinizes NDEs in light of what the Bible has to say about death and dying, the realities of light and darkness, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Below are the findings from Sabom's Atlanta Study.

Dr. Michael Sabom's Atlanta Study Results

Background Characteristics

Conservative
Christians
22 persons
Liberal
Christians
13 persons
God
Believers
12 persons
Cardiac
Patients
32 persons
Random
Cardiac Patients
81 persons
 
   AGE (mean years)
 
 
52
 
 
54
 
52
 
 
62.7
 
 
58.6
 
   SEX
     Male
     Female
 
 
36%
64%
 
 

62%

38%

 
 

25%

75%

 
 
81%

19%

 

56%

44%

 
   RACE
     White
 
 
91%
 
 
100%
 
 
100%
 
 
100%
 
 
99%
 
  EDUCATION
     Mean Years
 
 
13.4
 
 
15.2
 
 
14.7
 
 
14.5
 
 
14.4
 
   OCCUPATION
     Professional
     Clerical-Sales
     Laborer-Svcs
 
 
9%
64%
27%
 
 
62%
38%
------
 
 
33%
67%
------
 
 
47%
19%
34%
 
 
32%
59%
9%
 
   FUNCTIONAL
   CLASS (1)
      I. 
     II. 
     III. 
 
 
 
63%
32%
5%
 
 
 
83%
17%
------
 
 
 
92%
8%
------
 
 
 
87%
13%
------
 
 
 
72%
21%
7%
 
   YEARS POST-
   NDE (Mean)
 
 
12.7
 
 
15.5
 
 
10.4
 
 
N/A
 
 
N/A
 
   PRESENT
   RELIGION
     Protestant
     Catholic
     Jewish
     Other or None
 
 
 
96%
4%
0%
0%
 
 
 
77%
15%
0%
8%
 
 
 
25%
17%
0%
58%
 
 
 
81%
9%
6%

4%

 
 
 
69%
17%
9%
5%
 
   HOGE'S
   INTRINSIC
   RELIGIOSITY
   (Mean)
 
 
 
 
36.1
 
 
 
 
28.2
 
 
 
 
25.1
 
 
 
 
N/A
 
 
 
 
27.8
 
   CHURCH
   ATTENDANCE
   (Mean)
     Childhood
     Before NDE
     Present
 
 
 
 
1.27
2.14
1.32
 
 
 
 
1.23
2.23
2.08
 
 
 
 
1.42
3.25
3.17
 
 
 
 
N/A
N/A
N/A
 
 
 
 
N/A
N/A
2.20
 
   CHANGE IN
   BASIC
   RELIGIOUS
   DOCTRINE
     Prior to NDE
     Following an NDE
 
 
 
 
27%
18%
 
 
 
 
 
15%
0%
 
 
 
 
 
50%
0%
 
 
 
 
 
N/A
N/A
 
 
 
 
 
N/A
N/A
 
   NON-NDE
   ASSOCIATED
   OBEs
     Visions
     Precognitions
 
 
 
9%
46%
55%
 
 
 
15%
31%
46%
 
 
 
17%
42%
67%
 
 
 
N/A
N/A
N/A
 
 
 
9%
15%
21%
 
 

"It is love, not religion, that creates spiritual growth." - Sandra Rogers, near-death experiencer

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