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August 18, 2005

BehindTheMedspeak: Is undergoing anesthesia a cover for alien abduction?


Earlier this year the best question ever posed on bookofjoe appeared, from one LLT out of Denver, Colorado.

She asked, "Where does your consciousness go while you're under anesthesia?"

Profound, and I've been thinking about it ever since.

Well, this past Tuesday's New York Times Science section, in its reader correspondence column, contained a letter from one David V. Forrest, M.D., a psychiatrist in New York, which blows the cover off the entire business of alien abduction.

Dr. Forrest spilled the beans.

Here is his letter, in its entirety:

    Those Little Green Men

    To the Editor:

    Re "Explaining Those Vivid Memories of Martian Kidnapping" (Books, on Health, Aug. 9): I wish to propose another possible contribution to these experiences (in addition to sleep paralysis, a history of being hypnotized and a preoccupation with the paranormal and extraterrestrial).

    Could dimly or subconsciously recalled memories of surgery play a part?

    One is in a state of altered consciousness (anesthesia), surrounded by green figures (surgeons) whose eyes are more noticeable above their masks, in a high-tech ambience with a round saucerlike bright object above (the O.R. light), and the body's boundaries are being breached by intubation, catheters, intravenous needles and the surgery itself.

    Perhaps surgery in childhood would be especially contributory, transformed by the amnesia for childhood.

    The autonomic (blood pressure, pulse) response could be a learned bodily memory.

    And the surgical aliens are well–meaning.

    The puzzle is why we don't see many cases in New York City.

    Perhaps it's because we can't see the sky much.


I rest my case.

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Again, Book of Joe imitates life. Watched "What the Bleep Do We Know" last night, and this exact question is asked by one of the interview participants, who was an anesthesiologist. (Without the aliens, that is.) Trippy but fascinating movie on quantum physics, but I have to admit that half of it went over the top of my head.

Posted by: Lori Kozey | Aug 21, 2005 9:11:06 AM

Pondering, --------
ok, I am profoundly interested in a drug called (i think) Versed. It blocks short term memory i guess. It is fascinating to think about.

Posted by: Matt Galloway | Aug 18, 2005 1:01:38 PM

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