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>>>John C. Hagan, III, MD - representing self
I introduced this resolution to KCMS. It was approved unanimously. It should be not controversial and deserves your committee's recommendation and a favorable vote by the entire MSMA delegation. Near Death Experience Syndrome (NDES) occur in about 10-20% of patients that almost die and are resuscitated or spontaneously recover. Although records of NDES dates to antiquity, the modern syndrome was described by Raymond Moody, MD, PhD in 1975 and included 150 documented cases. In spite of the fact this syndrome occurs frequently, and how patients respond depends in great part on how their physician and healthcare providers react to their NDES, the syndrome is not taught to physicians and students in any meaningful way. Missouri Medicine medical journal in a precedent breaking manner, presented a series of acclaimed peer-review articles beginning Sept/Oct 2013. This was later made into an best selling medical text book "The Science of Near-Death Experiences" U of Missouri Press, 2017. The copyright and profits go to MSMA. I personally have lecture over a dozen times to medical grand rounds from Illinois to California, all were CME approved. They were well attended and the information well received. As physicians we owe our patients and their families to be able to recognize, validate, educate and refer patients that have this common syndrome. Accepting this resolution and teaching about NDES does not imply the experience was real, that the patient actually visited a heavenly/hellish place or that the event is a true vision of what happens after death. I regret that long made travel plans prevent me from attending this committee meeting by virtual attendance. I conclude by asking for a favorable recommendation from your committee. Thank you.