Reversing Death: The Miracle of Modern Medicine

Panel Discussion October 9, 2013

Recent breakthroughs in emergency medicine have enabled modern science to halt and even reverse death. At the same time, these advances have inadvertently led science into a domain that has traditionally been relegated to theology and philosophy. The so-called “grey areas” between the time of death and the time of resuscitation—ranging from several minutes up to several hours—have raised intriguing questions about brain activity and consciousness during this period that have compelled us to re-examine our conception of death.

What does the patient feel and experience during the resuscitation process? Are we dealing with the person as a whole, or with just the physical body? Emergency medicine experts Lance Becker and Sam Parnia and neurosurgeon Stephan Mayer discuss key discoveries and emerging technologies in resuscitation science that are helping to bring back those on the brink of death, and the difficult questions and ethical dilemmas they sometimes confront during medical crises.


  • Steve Paulson Journalist and Executive Producer, TTBOOK
  • Lance B. Becker Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
  • Stephan A. Mayer Professor of Neurology, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
  • Sam Parnia Associate Professor of Medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center


  • Wednesday, October 9, 2013
  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • The New York Academy of Sciences
    7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor


This volume brings sheds light on the emerging frontier at the intersection of life and death, with an emphasis on how we understand and approach our mortality from scientific, ethical, and even spiritual perspectives.

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About This Series

This event is part of the Rethinking Mortality: Exploring the Boundaries between Life and Death series, which brings together leading experts to discuss this new frontier at the intersection of life and death, and its potential implications for how we approach and understand our mortality from scientific, ethical, and spiritual perspectives.



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