Forensic Analyses of Jesus: shock, awe, whatever

A Science Now report called “Did an Unholy Trinity Kill Jesus?” alerts us to a new monograph from a doctor named Joseph Bergeron, who labors every day surrounded by people in pain, a fact that may be, but is not necessarily, connected with his choice of topic:

The crucifixion of Jesus: Review of hypothesized mechanisms of death and implications of shock and trauma-induced coagulopathy,” Joseph W. Bergeron, Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, Epub July 12, 2011. Dr. B. explains:

“The crucifixion of Jesus is arguably the most well-known and controversial execution in history. Christian faithful, dating back to the time of Jesus, have believed that Jesus was executed by crucifixion and later returned physically to life again. Others have questioned whether Jesus actually died by crucifixion, at all. From review of medical literature, physicians have failed to agree on a specific mechanism of Jesus’ death. A search of Medline/Pubmed was completed with respect to crucifixion, related topics, and proposed mechanisms of Jesus’ death. Several hypotheses for the mechanism of Jesus’ death have been presented in medical literature, including 1) Pulmonary embolism 2) Cardiac rupture 3) Suspension trauma 4) Asphyxiation 5) Fatal stab wound, and 6) Shock. Each proposed mechanism of Jesus’ death will be reviewed.”

Science Now quotes the author:

“As a kid going to church, I’d heard that Jesus died of a ‘broken heart,’ ” says Joseph Bergeron, a private physician associated with The Pain Clinic in Terre Haute, Indiana.