No ordinary zzz’s

Anesthetics can put you in a coma — but that’s a good thing

By Susan Gaidos, 13:19 PM June 6, 2012

 

 

 

There you are on the operating table. A doctor is yanking away at your tonsils with a sharp, pointy object, but you don’t feel a thing. After the surgery, you’re rewarded with a heaping bowel of ice cream, but you can’t recall any details of the procedure.

 

In fact, the last thing you remember is the doctor giving you medicine and telling you that it would make you “sleep.” But did you really snooze through the surgery?

 

Well, no — not exactly. It turns out that the dreamlike state that pati...

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