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Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion
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Kate Cole-Adams
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Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion

Kate Cole-Adams


Text Publishing Company

Mathematics & Sciences;
Science: general issues


416 pages

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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.

By:   Kate Cole-Adams
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   549g
ISBN:   9781925498202
ISBN 10:   1925498204
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   May 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

'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 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

  • Long-listed for The Stella Prize 2018 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award 2017 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Melbourne Prize for Literature: Best Writing Award 2018 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Non-fiction 2017 (Australia)
  • Winner of Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Media Award 2017 (Australia)
  • Winner of Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award 2017 (Australia)
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