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J Nerv Ment Dis. 1993 Mar;181(3):148-56.

Culture, biology, and the near-death experience. A reappraisal.

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  • 1Department of Sociology, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia.


Life review and tunnel sensation in near-death experiences appear to be culture-bound phenomena, confined largely to societies where historic religions are dominant. The clinical literature postulating biological theories for life review and tunnel sensations, therefore, may have been developed somewhat prematurely. The present review argues that social and historical explanations are more persuasive in the context of the available evidence presented here.

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