Anaesthesia Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness
A hundred and seventy years ago many people would have chosen to die rather than undergo the ordeal 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.
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Winner of Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award 2017 (Australia). Short-listed for Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Non-fiction 2017 (Australia).
'The prose is quite gorgeous-simultaneously tough and tender.' Adelaide Advertiser on Walking to the Moon '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
Kate Cole-Adams is a Melbourne journalist. Her novel Walking to the Moon is published by Text.