Re: Amok Time doesn't make sense.
And for all we know, maybe Kirk technically "flat lined" due to the drug and thus could be considered "dead" by the ancient laws. He was beamed up to the ship rather quickly, so we can only assume McCoy was able to restart his heart and breathing before brain damage set in.
Really, a shot of stokaline and all better!
"A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on, and licks it. Or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away."