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Anesthesia and Awareness

  • By: John F. Kihlstrom & Randall C. Cork
  • In: Encyclopedia of the Mind
  • Edited by: Harold Pashler
  • Subject:Linguistics (general), Cognitive Psychology (general)

The purpose of anesthesia is to render a surgical patient insensitive to pain. Regional and local anesthesia act on the specific sensory nerves and tracts of the skeletal nervous system and spinal cord, leaving the patient conscious and able to communicate ...