The study that got infant pain horribly, horribly wrong

MEDICAL HISTORY


So you know that nightmare where you are awake during surgery, and you can feel everything but can’t do anything about it?

Well, this was the terrifying reality for many babies up until the end of the 20th century, thanks to a study that got infant pain terribly, terribly wrong.

There’s no denying that neonatal anaesthesia is tricky, and the possibility of overdose has always made doctors extremely cautious.

But it was a journal article on nerve maturation published in Child Development in 1941 that

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