Eben Alexander III (born December, 1953 in Charlotte, North Carolina) is an American neurosurgeon and the author of the best-selling Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, in which he describes his 2008 near-death experience and asserts that science can and will determine that heaven really does exist.
You can purchase the book here.
You can purchase the audio-book here.
Alexander contracted an extremely rare form of bacterial meningitis that put him into a coma for a week. Medically speaking, he should be dead right now. His recovery is a miracle of the first order. The meningitis wiped out his entire cortex. The odds of a person making a complete recovery from his condition are zero. No one, except Alexander, has made a complete neurological recovery after being in the condition he was in. During his coma, he experienced a full blown death experience that he says felt like it lasted for years. The book is about what he experienced while in coma.
Some people find the book to be too technical, while academics who want rigorous detail find the book to not be technical enough. Alexander goes into a great degree of medical detail regarding his condition in an appendix at the end of the book. I had no problems understanding him and found the book to be a good mix of story and science. The book spent 15 weeks at the #1 spot on the NYT’s best seller list. It’s definitely worth reading.
Currently the book is available on YouTube, so if you are interested, here’s your chance to check it out for free. I highly recommend it.
Education and training
Alexander attended Phillips Exeter Academy (class of 1972), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (A.B., 1975), and the Duke University School of Medicine (M.D., 1980).
Alexander was an Intern in General Surgery at Duke University Medical Center, a resident at Duke, Newcastle (U.K.) General Hospital. He was a resident and research fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital and is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.).
Academic and clinical appointments
Alexander has taught at Duke University Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and the University of Virginia Medical School.
He has had hospital appointments at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Dana–Farber Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and Lynchburg (Virginia) General Hospital-CentraHealth. He is currently an attending neurosurgeon.
Alexander is a member of the American Medical Association and various other professional societies. He has been on the editorial boards of various journals.
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