Kate Cole-Adams - Anaesthesia

Tuesday 06 June 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Tickets $10.00
Tickets available until 06 June 2017 6:00 PM

This event commences at 6.30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname. 

ABC Radio National's Paul Barclay is in-conversation with Kate Cole-Adams discussing Anaesthesia: the 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.

Kate Cole-Adams is a Melbourne journalist.

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