ARTICLE: PDF OnlyInvoluntary Memories During Severe Physical Illness or InjurySTEVENSON, IAN M.D.; COOK, EMILY WILLIAMS Ph.D. Author Information Division of Personality Studies, Department of Psychiatric Medicine, University of Virginia. Send reprint requests to Dr. Ian Stevenson, Box 152 Health Sciences Center, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22908. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 183(7):p 452-458, July 1995. Buy Abstract This paper reports an analysis of the features of 122 cases of persons who became ill or even came close to death, but who survived and afterward reported that during the experience they recalled memories of earlier events in their lives. The life review varied widely in its form; the number of memories recalled ranged from only one or two to the subject's entire life. Moreover, few of the subjects reported seeing earlier events of their life “all at once,” which makes the popular phrase “panoramic memory” a misnomer. One group of 54 cases was compared with a group of 54 other cases in which the feature of the life review did not occur. There were no significant differences between the two groups with regard to nine common features. The life review occurs as one feature among several others of equal or greater importance in the total experience. Its function, if any, remains to be elucidated by further research. © Williams & Wilkins 1995. All Rights Reserved.