Babies, surgery and no aenthesia
March 14, 2010 9:48 PM Subscribe
Babies were often operated on with no anesthesia 30 years ago or more. Is this true?
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Excerpt from "The Pain Scale"
2005) by Eula Biss:
But when my aunt became a nurse 25-years ago, it was not unusual for surgery to be done on infants without any pain medication. Babies, it was believed, did not have the fully developed nervous system necessary to feel pain. Medical evidence that infants experience pain in response to anything that would cause an adult pain only recently emerged.