Consciousness is partly preserved during general anesthesia

03 July 2018 – ScienceDaily

New research suggests that humans are partially conscious when under general anaesthetic.

Half of people given a sedative can be woken with a brief shake and a loud shout, while 42% of those under general anaesthetic can be roused into consciousness, according to a study.

Although they are unable to feel pain while under the knife, their brains keep track of what is going on around them, particularly if they hear worrying noises, the research adds.

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