X-Message-Number: 10431
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 1998 01:59:38 -0400 (EDT)
From: Charles Platt <>
Subject: More Strange Statements

In the latest issue of the Alcor Phoenix, Alcor's president, Fred
Chamberlain, writes: "CryoCare Members, by most reports, are convinced
that without a very high level of technology applied almost immediately
after death, there is no hope for the suspended patient." 
I wonder how Fred came up with this. I'm the president of CryoCare, and I
don't know the opinions of our members without actually asking them. And I
seem to have missed the "most reports" that Fred is referring to. In fact
I request him to produce even one, from CryoCare, stating or suggesting or
even hinting that anyone here believes that suboptimally treated patients
have "no hope." We may worry that they will have a very low chance of
resuscitation, but never, so far as I know, has anyone placed that chance
at zero--except in truly extreme cases where someone has been dead for,
say, a week or more without any treatment at all, by which time autolysis
has broken down structure to an extreme degree. 

Perhaps a correction is in order? In the meantime, I promise not to tell 
Fred what Alcor members believe.

--Charles Platt 

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