29 Jan 2018

What happens under anaesthetic

From Afternoons, 3:08 pm on 29 January 2018
Kate Cole Adams

Kate Cole Adams Photo: supplied

When Melbourne based journalist Kate Cole-Adams discovered she needed major back surgery, she wanted to know what really happens when doctors administer a cocktail of drugs before an operation. 

Her research reveals what's happening in the brain under anesthesia and recounts stories of patients who remember details of their own surgeries when they are supposed to be completely out. 

Her new book is called Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness

Preoxygenation before anesthetic induction

Preoxygenation before anesthetic induction Photo: Wikipedia

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