The accuracy of a New York Times bestseller in which Dr. Eben Alexander writes about his alleged experiences in the afterlife after slipping into a coma has been called into question after a doctor who treated him revealed several inaccuracies with his story.

‘Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife’ has sold nearly two million copies and remained on best-seller lists for over 35 weeks.

But now an investigation of Dr. Alexander’s past and some of his book’s claims have revealed a series of factual omissions and inconsistencies that call significant parts of his story into question.

I think when you buy a book that’s marketed as a nonfiction book, when that book’s called “Proof of Heaven,” I think that carries with it certain expectations of accuracy,’ Esquire contributing editor Luke Dittrich, who carried out the investigation, told TODAY on Tuesday.

 

Alexander also writes that he slipped into the coma as a result of E. coli bacterial meningitis and had no higher brain activity, while Dr. Potter , the neurosurgeon involved with Alexander says the coma was medically induced and the patient was conscious, though hallucinating.

 

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