Scared to Death

When a disgraced multimillionaire facing life in prison dies unexpectedly of a heart attack, Dr. Martin Samuels can't help wondering if maybe it was a case of "voodoo death" - a hypothesis he has devoted his life to exploring.

fright club Dr. Martin Samuels studies 'acute life-threatening stress.' He says, 'They call me the death doctor.'
fright club Dr. Martin Samuels studies "acute life-threatening stress." He says, "They call me the death doctor." (Photo / Tanit Sakakini) Photo / Tanit Sakakini
By Anupreeta Das
August 6, 2006

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In the days after Ken Lay's death last month, Dr. Martin Samuels's inbox began to swell with messages. Colleagues, friends, and students of the 61-year-old professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School wrote in wondering about the same thing: Was Enron's disgraced chief scared to death? It's a question Samuels takes seriously; for the past 25 years, he has been ... (Full article: 978 words)

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