The Resource Anaesthesia

Anaesthesia

Label
Anaesthesia
Title
Anaesthesia
Statement of responsibility
by Kate Cole-Adams
Title variation
Anaesthesia
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Winner, 2017 Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary AwardYou know how it is when you go under. The jab, the countdown, the— —and then you wake. This book is about what happens in between. Until a hundred and seventy years ago many people chose death over the ordeal of surgery. Now hundreds of thousands undergo operations every day. Anaesthesia has made it possible. But how much do we really know about what happens to us on the operating table? 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 how can we help ourselves through it? Haunting, lyrical, sometimes shattering, Anaesthesia leavens science with personal experience to bring an intensely human curiosity to the unknowable realm beyond consciousness. What really happens to us when we are anaesthetised? By this I mean not what happens to the pinging, crackling apparatus of our nerves and spinal cords and brains, but what happens to us—to the person who is me or the person who is you—as doctors go about the messy business of slicing and delving within us? Kate Cole-Adams is a Melbourne writer and journalist. Her non-fiction work Anaesthesia won the Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award, 2017 and the 2017 Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Media Award. It was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Non-fiction, 2017. Her novel Walking to the Moon is also published by Text.'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 '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 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'An obsessive, mystical, terrifying, and even phantasmagorical exploration of anesthesia's shadowy terra incognita.' The New Yorker 'Remarkable in its attention to historical detail and quality of the primary sources...practising anaesthetists should read what has become the single best account of our profession's most philosophically fragile constructs—consciousness and self... Cole-Adams has distilled and articulated the art of our profession.' Anaesthesia Intensive Care journal (published by Australian Society of Anaesthetists)'Extraordinarily well-researched and delicately structured, this is a book with few parallels. Exceptional writing illuminates a topic that affects most of us, but that few of us understand.' Judges' Report, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, 2018'Comfortably numb. A close-up look at anaesthesia is equal parts social history, popular science and report on experience.' NZ Listener 'Anaesthesia is not just an account of medical research but a poetic exploration of the mysteries of the human mind.' Australian'Should be compulsory reading for all anaesthetists, others..
Summary
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
Award
Waverley Library Award for Literature, 2017.
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Cataloging source
ANL
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Cole-Adams, Kate
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Medical
  • Science
  • Nonfiction
Target audience
adult
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the gift of oblivion and the mystery of consciousness
Label
Anaesthesia
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Publication
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Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9781925410525
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optical disk
Label
Anaesthesia
Publication
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Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
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electronic
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9781925410525
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optical disk

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