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July 29, 2013

BehindTheMedspeak: "Journey into the Kingdom of Narcosis"


Wrote A.J. Wright, a librarian in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, in an essay appearing in the latest issue (July 2013) of Anesthesiology News:

"A brief article [below] in the November 1992 issue of the European Journal of Anaesthesiology describes an oil painting, "Journey into the Kingdom of Narcosis" [above], created by an artist after a 90-minute total I.V. anesthetic using propofol, fentanyl, atracurium, and oxygen-enriched air. In the recovery room she spoke of a "creative explosion" she experienced during the operation. Upon request, she began to sketch the experience, and three months later finished the painting, which is reproduced in color in the article and was donated to the department of the authors in Switzerland."

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Bosch's 'The Garden Of Earthly Delights come to mind. I wonder what was in his IV?

Posted by: Lorelei | Jul 31, 2013 12:31:16 AM

I volunteer, I volunteer...

Posted by: Joe Peach | Jul 30, 2013 4:52:59 PM

I and the Hospital (after Chagall)

Posted by: Marianne | Jul 29, 2013 10:42:39 PM

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