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About the author

Kate Cole-Adams


Judges' report


The result of years of painstaking research, Kate Cole-Adams’s Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness is a work of memoir, philosophy, science, and cultural essay, a personal story that weaves anecdotes and statistics. Cole-Adams focuses on general anaesthetic, and in doing so shows how surprisingly little we know about what happens when we go under. She examines case studies, listens to myriad surgical stories and interviews experts in the field, in the hope of shedding light on the very nature of consciousness itself. Cole-Adams demonstrates fearless curiosity while dealing with our disquiet and anxiety about a subject that most of us pay little heed to, even though we are likely to come into contact with it at one point or another. Cole-Adams has a warm, wry and candid style. Anaesthesia is a stylish, distinctive and sophisticated work of nonfiction – a genuine attempt to unravel the mystery of what happens under anaesthetic.


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