THOMAS P. HACKETT, M.D.
The cycle of death and resurrection has intrigued men for centuries, but in our time social scientists have shown remarkably little interest in those few individuals who have gone through that perilous transition. The survivors of cardiac arrest (probably more than any other single group of patients) qualify as latter-day versions of Lazarus. In contrast to their biblical forebear who apparently suffered no ill effects as the result of his return from the dead, patients successfully saved from heart stop-page, as reported by Druss and Kornfeld (1), have a more hazardous course. These two psychiatric investigators published the first study
HACKETT TP. The Lazarus Complex Revisited. Ann Intern Med. ;76:135–137. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-1-135_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(1):135-137.
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