Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Body Under General Anesthesia Tracks Closer to Coma than Sleep: Scientific American

Body Under General Anesthesia Tracks Closer to Coma than Sleep: Scientific American:


What anesthesiologists are really doing is closer to putting patients—close to 60,000 each day in the U.S.—into a drug-induced coma. 'It's a reversible coma, but it's nevertheless a coma,' says Emery Brown, a professor of anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School and coauthor of the paper.
Also, I wouldn't read this article on learning and memory under general anesthesia before undergoing surgery. I've only been under general anesthesia once, to have a broken arm reset; I don't relish the idea of ever doing it again. Actually, just forget you ever saw this. Ignorance, in these matters, is probably bliss.

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