Anesthesia

Anesthesia

The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness

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Baker & Taylor
The author of Walking to the Moon examines what happens to the unconscious mind while under the effects of anesthesia, tracing her own experiences with surgery and the accounts of people who have reported trauma, waking mid-surgery, dreams, hallucinations and submerged memories while under anesthesia. $15,000 ad/promo.

Perseus Publishing
"An obsessive, mystical, terrifying, and even phantasmagorical exploration of anesthesia’s shadowy terra incognita." —The New Yorker

Anesthetize: to render insensible

First there’s the injection, then the countdown—and next thing you know, you’re awake. Anesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness is the story of the time in between, an exploration of that most crucial and baffling gift of modern medicine: the disappearing act that enables us to undergo procedures that would otherwise be impossibly, often fatally, painful.

In the past 150 years, anesthesia has made surgical intervention routine, from open-heart surgery to the facelift. But how much do anesthesiologists really know about what happens when their patients go under? Can we hear and retain what’s going on? Is pain still pain if we don’t remember it? How does the unconscious mind deal with the body’s experience of being sliced open and ransacked—and how can we help ourselves through it all?

Kate Cole-Adams weaves her own personal experiences with surgery and its aftermath with the explorations and personal accounts of others, doctors and patients alike—accounts of people who wake under the knife, who experience traumatic reactions, dreams, hallucinations, and submerged memories—accounts that evoke and illuminate the provisional nature of the self.

Haunting, lyrical, sometimes shattering, Cole-Adams leavens science with personal experience, and brings an intensely human curiosity to the unknowable realm beyond consciousness.
An astounding work of nonfiction illuminating a crucial element of modern medicine that works for reasons barely understood—even by expert practitioners. Anesthesia leavens science with personal experience, and brings an intensely human curiosity to the unknowable realm beyond consciousness.

Baker
& Taylor

Examines what happens to the unconscious mind while under the effects of anesthesia, tracing the author's own experiences with surgery and the personal accounts of others who have experienced trauma, hallucinations, and submerged memories while under anesthesia.

Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint Press, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781619029507
1619029502
Branch Call Number: 617.96 C676a
Characteristics: 408 pages ; 24 cm

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