Anaesthesia

Anaesthesia : The Gift of Oblivion

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A hundred and seventy years ago many people would have chosen to die rather than undergo theordeal of surgery. Today, even major operations are routine. Anaesthesia has made them possible.But how much do we really know about what happens when we go under? Can we hear what's going on around us? Is pain still pain if we are not awake to feel it, or don't remember it afterwards? How does the unconscious mind deal with the body's experience of being cut open and ransacked? And what happens to those rare patients who wake up under the knife?Haunting, lyrical, sometimes shattering, Anaesthesia leavens science with personal experience - and brings an intensely human curiosity to the unknowable realm beyond consciousness.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 405 pages
  • 154 x 234 x 30mm | 549g
  • Text Publishing Co
  • The Text Publishing Company
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • 1925498204
  • 9781925498202
  • 19,492

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`A fascinating mix of historical background, moving-sometimes shocking-surgical stories, interviews with experts and case studies. Surprisingly, it seems relatively little is really known about exactly how effective and affective anaesthetic is. Despite that, I found this book an oddly reassuring study.' * North and South NZ * `A fascinating mix of historical background, moving-sometimes shocking-surgical stories, interviews with experts and case studies. Surprisingly, it seems relatively little is really known about exactly how effective and affective anaesthetic is. Despite that, I found this book an oddly reassuring study.' * North and South * `Anaesthesia is mesmerising...This rich and thorough study looks more deeply into questions about the nature of consciousness than many of us who undergo an anaesthetic are likely, or willing, to ponder.' * Australian Book Review * `For the interested reader, it's an outline of the science, with an emphasis on the unknown. For the practitioner, it's a patient experience, eloquently expressed. There's much more the anaesthesia than meets the eye, and this book provides a glimpse into the depths.' * Conversation * `A troubling, anxious subject that most of us would rather avoid or deflect with dark humour. Cole-Adams has illuminated it in a memorable way. The book is a gift not of oblivion but of awareness.' * Inside Story * `Cole-Adams's prose is sinuous, at times intoxicating, and witty.' * Sydney Morning Herald * `Anaesthesia is not just an account of medical research but a poetic exploration of the mysteries of the human mind.' * Australian * `Comfortably numb. A close-up look at anaesthesia is equal parts social history, popular science and report on experience.' * NZ Listener * `Kate Cole-Adams has been fascinated with our funny non-being during surgery for a long time, and Anaesthesia feels like a book that's taken over a decade to write, which it is. It also feels like you're having a decade's worth of conversations with a dogged, but generous and resourceful thinker, with someone (she is both a journalist and a novelist) who can crack open a complex idea, and then run with it.' * Readings * `A work of splendid richness and depth, driven by a curiosity so intense that it hazards at times the extreme boundaries of the sayable.' -- Helen Garner `The prose is quite gorgeous-simultaneously tough and tender.' * Adelaide Advertiser on Walking to the Moon *show more

About Kate Cole-Adams

Kate Cole-Adams is a Melbourne journalist. Her novel Walking to the Moon and non-fiction book Anaesthesia are published by Text.show more

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