Monday, June 8, 2009

A Pain-Free Operation Morally Wrong

According to this, anesthesia during surgery was considered "morally repugnant" in the 19th and early 20th century.
"Before 1846, the vast majority of religious and medical opinion held that pain was inseparable from sensation in general, and thus from life itself. Though the idea of pain as necessary may seem primitive and brutal to us today, it lingers in certain corners of healthcare, such as obstetrics and childbirth, where epidurals and caesarean sections still carry the taint of moral opprobrium."
I had no idea.

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