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And while we're on this subject....

The British Medical Journal reports a study confirming that persons under general anesthesia can hear what is being said in the operating room--and that saying the right thing can reduce postoperative pain.

In a Scottish study, 60 patients undergoing hysterectomy were fitted with earphones. Half heard these taped messages during surgery: "Everything is going very well" and "Any pain you feel after the operation will not concern you." Blank tape was used on the others. All were allowed to self-administer morphine after surgery, through an intravenous drip from a computerized pump. Although both groups reported about the same amount of pain, those who heard the reassuring words used, on the average, 23 percent less morphine on the first postoperative day.
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Title Annotation:patients under general anesthesia who hear encouraging messages have less postoperative pain
Publication:Medical Update
Date:May 1, 1991
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