Stanislav Grof - The Human Encounter With Death, MEDYCYNA NATURALNA, Psychologia systemy

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The
Human Encounter
With Death
by STANISLAV GROF, M.D. & JOAN HALIFAX, PH.D.
with a Foreword by ELISABETH KÜBLER-ROSS,
M.D
D 492 / A Dutton Paperback / $3.95 / In Canada $4.75
Stanislav Grof, M.D., and Joan Halifax, Ph.D., have a
unique authority and competence in the interpretation of
the human encounter with death. Theirs is an extraordin-
ary range of experience, in clinical research with psyche-
delic substances, in cross-cultural and medical
anthropology, and in the analysis of Oriental and archaic
literatures. Their pioneering work with psychedelics ad-
ministered to individuals dying of cancer opened domains
of experience that proved to be nearly identical to those al-
ready mapped in the "Books of the Dead," those mystical
visionary accounts of the posthumous journeys of the soul.
The Grof/Halifax book and these ancient resources both
show the imminent experience of death as a continuation of
what had been the hidden aspect of the experience of life.

Joseph Campbell
The authors have assisted persons dying of cancer in tran-
scending the anxiety and anger around their personal fate.
Using psychedelics, they have guided the patients to death-
rebirth experiences that resemble transformation rites
practiced in a variety of cultures. Physician and medical
anthropologist join here in recreating an old art—the art of
dying.
—June Singer
The Human Encounter With Death
is the latest of many re-
cent publications in the newly evolving field of thanatology.
It is, however, a quite different kind of book—one that be-
longs in every library of anyone who seriously tries to un-
derstand the phenomenon we call death.
—from the Foreword by
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Cover design by Leo Manso
ISBN: 0-525-47492-7
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THE HUMAN ENCOUNTER
WITH DEATH
S
TANIS LAV
G
R OF
, M.D., worked with psychedelic drugs at the
Psychiatric Institute in Prague before joining the Maryland
Psychiatric Research Center in 1967. Author of over sixty
articles in this field and the book
Realms of the Human Un-
conscious: Observations from LSD Research,
he is now
scholar-in-residence at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Cali-
fornia.
J
OAN
H
ALIF AX
, Ph.D., is a medical anthropologist, specializing
in psychiatry and religion. She is presently working with the
mythologist Joseph Campbell. She has done research at Co-
lumbia University, the Musee de l'Homme in Paris, the Uni-
versity of Miami School of Medicine, and the Maryland Psy-
chiatric Research Center.
The
Human
Encounter
With Death
STANISLAV GROF, M.D.,
JOAN HALIFAX, Ph.D.
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A Dutton
Paperback
E.P.
DUTTON
NEW
YORK
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