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The Truth about Medium: Extraordinary Experiments with the Real Allison DuBois of NBC's Medium and Other Remarkable Psychics

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Recounts four years of experiments at the University of Arizona with the real Allison DuBois--the inspiration for NBC's drama Medium--as well as the true-life cases Allison has worked on. These experiments clearly demonstrate the validity of psychic ability and mediumship--Provided by publisher.
Hardcover, 149 pages
Published October 5th 2005 by Hampton Roads Publishing Company
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Waverly Fitzgerald
Jan 23, 2015 Waverly Fitzgerald rated it it was ok
Turns out this is the second time I've read this book and I think both times I just skimmed as the writing is bland despite the fascinating topic. Schwartz is a scientist who has devised quite complicated studies to test the accuracy of mediums, including Allison DuBois, the medium whose life was used as the basis for the TV show, Medium (which I have never watched). I read it because I'm writing a novel about a Victorian trance medium and I wanted to know more about how mediums worked. I didn't ...more
 Marla
I was fascinated by the incidents that happened in Allison DuBois' life that were recreated in the TV show.

The scientific experiments got a little tedious, but you have to appreciate how the scientists tried to preserve the integrity of their experiments and anonymity of the test subjects. How exactly did the mediums even know who to read when it was being done via telephone through a second party?

I don't know how much I believe in psychics and mediums, but it was an interesting book.

Rachel
May 10, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it
I found this book interesting and it made me realize how much of a skeptic I still was about mediums and mediumship. I was amazed by the people involved and the results from the readings time and agian throughout the book. The way this doctor/author set up, performed and graded the results was brillant so no one could go back and say it was set up or faked in any way. Even if you don't believe at all you should take a look at this book. You may find your beliefs shaken and have to rethink what y ...more
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I found the topic very interesting and the book gave me many resources plus things to think about.
Laura
Jan 21, 2009 Laura rated it it was ok
The first half was interesting but then it devolved into the politics of skeptic/believer, and started listing the author's own grievances, and I suddenly got really really bored.
David
Nov 12, 2009 David rated it it was ok
I got about halfway through this book and found I could get no further... It just wasn't what I expected. Too "scientific" yet not convincing.
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Too much scientific jargon for me.
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Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Surgery at the University of Arizona, at the main campus in Tucson. In addition to teaching courses on health and spiritual psychology, he is the Director of the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health.

Gary received his Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University in 1971 and was an assistant profe
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