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US: Lying for fame (and Jesus)

January 7, 2014

Neurosurgeon Eben Alexander’s best-selling ‘visit to Heaven’ book appears to be a tissue of lies. And not just the Heaven bits.

And he may not be a very trustworthy neurosurgeon.

In August 2003, UMass Memorial suspended Alexander’s surgical privileges “on the basis or allegation of improper performance of surgery.”…

Instead of fusing the farmer’s fifth and sixth vertebrae, he fused his fourth and fifth….

“Neurosurgery requires the ability to intensely concentrate on one thing for a long period of time,” he says. “And that’s not Eben’s MO.”…

[‘Chuck’] says he doesn’t remember anything like the [skydiving] incident Alexander describes….

In Proof of Heaven, Alexander writes that he spent seven days in “a coma caused by a rare case of E. coli bacterial meningitis.” There is no indication in the book that it was Laura Potter, and not bacterial meningitis, that induced his coma, or that the physicians in the ICU maintained his coma in the days that followed through the use of anesthetics….


Why am I not surprised?

  1. The moment someone tells me they know about heaven I am certain they are a liar

  2. Luke Dittrich deserves an award for that article.

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