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Dr. Ian Stevenson's Reincarnation Research

He worked for the University of Virginia School of Medicine for fifty years, as chair of the department of psychiatry from to , Carlson Professor of Psychiatry from to , and Research Professor of Psychiatry from until his death. As founder and director of the university's Division of Perceptual Studies , which investigates the paranormal , Stevenson became known for his research into cases he considered suggestive of reincarnation , the idea that emotions, memories, and even physical bodily features can be transferred from one life to another. He believed that, in addition to genetics and the environment, reincarnation might possibly provide a third, contributing factor.

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The pages that did not have any text in them were removed. The photos are at the end of the file. Scanned and OCRed in April, Stevenson, Ian. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN X alk. Abnormalities, Human— Aetiology. S No portion of this book may be reproduced, by any process or technique, without the express written consent of the publisher.

Printed in the United States of America. Chapter 2. Chapter 3. Chapter 4. Chapter 5. Chapter 6. Chapter 9. The Prediction of Birthmarks 73 Chapter Chapter Introduction to Cases with Birth Defects Chapter Birth Defects of the Extremities Chapter Birth Defects of the Head and Neck Chapter Experimental Birth Defects Chapter Figure 1.

Ropelike marks appearing on a man who vividly remembered being bound with ropes 9 years earlier. Figure 2. Congenital sinus attributed to a maternal impression. Figure 3. Birthmark corresponding to suicidal knife wound in neck. Figure 4. Birthmark on head corresponding to bullet wound of entry. Figure 5. Birthmark on head corresponding to bullet wound of exit. Figure 6. Birthmark on lower chest corresponding to wounds of shotgun pellets. Figure 7. Location of wounds on trunk of previous personality killed with a shotgun.

Figure 8. Birthmark on head corresponding to incision for mastoidectomy. Figure 9. Birthmark apparently corresponding to surgical bandage around head. Figure Hairy nevus on cheek corresponding to punctured sebaceous cyst.

Birthmark corresponding to medicine spilled on face. Birthmark on left ear corresponding to hole pierced for an earring.

Birthmark on right ear corresponding to hole pierced for an earring. Port-wine stain birthmark on arm corresponding to similar birthmark on previous personality. Birthmark on neck corresponding to bullet wound of entry on previ- ous personality. Birthmark on head corresponding to bullet wound of exit on previous personality.

Presumed trajectory of bullet through the head of previous personality. Birthmark on elbow corresponding to mark made with charcoal on body of previous personality. Birthmark on sole of foot corresponding to mark made with grease on body of previous personality.

Birthmark on buttock corresponding to scar of burn on previous per- sonality. Buttock of child illustrated in Figure 20 showing fading of birthmark. Birthmarks of two sizes on breast corresponding to shotgun pellets of two sizes. Unilateral absence of fingers corresponding to accidental amputation of fingers on previous personality. Malformed fingers corresponding to amputation of lingers made with a sword on previous personality.

Congenital absence of lower leg corresponding to accidental amputa- tion of leg on previous personality. Congenital ropelike marks on subject who remembered being tied with a rope in previous life. Malformation of right arm in person who remembered previous life of a murderer. Malformed right external ear corresponding to shotgun wounds in right side of head of previous personality. Constriction rings on legs corresponding to marks made by ropes on previous personality.

Large nevus corresponding to fatal knife wound of head on previous personality. Congenital defect of right great toe corresponding to infection of toe on previous personality. Group of children in India who remembered previous lives, including an albino subject. Birthmark said to correspond to bullet wound of entry on previous personality.

Albino person of Burma who remembered a previous life as a Westerner, and a normally pigmented Burman. Closer view to show eyes of Burmese albino shown in Figure That work is a medical monograph with extensive documentation, references, numerous tables, and many footnotes. This book has none of these. I have written it to satisfy the needs of readers who wish to understand the essential content of the larger work without troubling themselves over details.

Let it be read as a series of abstracts. A good abstract in a scientific journal excites the reader's interest and entices him or her to read the complete article it summarizes. If this book persuades readers to study its parent monograph, I shall have succeeded in what I intended it to do.

A reader can only fairly judge the kinds of cases these books describe by close attention to their many details; and I do not believe anyone should express an opinion about my conclusions without having met this condition. This may seem censorious; but I say it to emphasize that the present work does not fully deploy the evidence in the cases.

What readers have here are brutally shortened summaries. As I have omitted many strengths, so 1 have left out many weakness- es. The larger work presents in detail descriptions of flaws and discrepancies in the testimony of informants and defects in the investigations of the cases. Here all roughness has been smoothed out, not for deception but solely for brevity. The few exceptions where I have mentioned weaknesses in the cases touch on details that seem to me especially important.

I often give the subject's birth date or the year of birth , but otherwise I rarely mention dates except when one is relevant to a particular feature of the case, such as when a birthmark was examined or a pho- tograph taken. Because this book was printed after the monograph, I was able to add to it a few items of additional information about one case that I received too late for inclusion in the monograph.

I have also clarified a discrepancy that remains without comment in the monograph. Otherwise, apart from the drastic abbreviation, the contents of this book correspond to those of the monograph. Readers who wish to follow my advice and study details of a case in the monograph can easily find the longer case report, because I have given the chap- ters of this synopsis the same titles as those of the monograph, and within a chap- ter the case reports have the same order they have in the larger work.

In a few instances I have found it appropriate to describe a case in this book in a chapter different from the one of the monograph with the same chapter title in which the. In addition, Appendix D of the monograph lists alphabetically all the subjects in it and in this book and gives the chapters in which they are reported; the Index of Cases in the monograph gives the page numbers for the detailed case reports and other mentions of cases.

Colleagues have sometimes expressed curiosity and even dismay over the massive size of the larger work. I could have made it shorter, but instead it grew longer. I made it so because I am convinced that when several or many cases have similar features their numbers support the authenticity of the individual members of the group.

For example, one case with a subject having birthmarks on the ear said to correspond to holes pierced for earrings deserves little attention; it may be an unimportant coincidence. After finding one such case, however, I continued to learn about and investigate others. Now readers of my larger work can study reports of nine such cases from four different cultures.

For cases with some other features I have many more than nine examples. The inclusion of multiple exam- ples accounts for most of the large size of the monograph.

It contains reports— most of them detailed—of cases, whereas this book provides summaries of only cases. Of these cases, I have myself examined all but 8 of the subjects. In 3 cases, the subject had died before I investigated the case. In 5 other cases, I have used information furnished to me by associates and assistants.

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Children who claim to remember a previous life have been found in many parts of the world, particularly in the Buddhist and Hindu countries of South Asia, among the Shiite peoples of Lebanon and Turkey, the tribes of West Africa, and the American northwest. Stevenson has collected over 2, reported cases of past-life memories of which 65 detailed reports have been published. Specific information from the children's memories has been collected and matched with the data of their claimed former identity, family, residence, and manner of death. Birthmarks or other physiological manifestations have been found to relate to experiences of the remembered past life, particularly violent death. Writing as a specialist in psychiatry and as a world-renowned scientific investigator of reported paranormal events, Stevenson asks us to suspend our Western tendencies to disbelieve in reincarnation and consider the reality of the burgeoning record of cases now available. This book summarizes Stevenson's findings which are presented in full in the multi-volume work entitled Reincarnation and Biology: A Contribution to the Etiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects, also published by Praeger.


Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect is a book by psychiatrist. Ian Stevenson, published by Praeger. The book is about birthmarks and birth defects​.


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Dr. Ian Stevenson's Reincarnation Research

The pages that did not have any text in them were removed. The photos are at the end of the file. Scanned and OCRed in April, Stevenson, Ian. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN X alk. Abnormalities, Human— Aetiology.

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Enjoying a successful mainstream career with some 60 publications in the medical and psychiatric literature to his credit, he had become chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Virginia in The following year, the American Society for Psychical Research announced a contest in honor of William James for the best essay on the topic of paranormal mental phenomena and their relationship to the problem of survival of the human personality after bodily death.