|MadSci Network: Medicine|
I am working on an essay. I understand until recently medical profession believed babies and very young infants did not feel pain because their nerve system was not formed properly. Could you please help me with the following queries: 1. Was there until recently a wide spread belief in the medical profession in America that babies did not feel pain? 2 As a result was minor surgery generally carried out without anaesthetic? 3 Do older members of the medical profession in your state or country still persist in the belief babies do not feel pain? 4 Are minor surgical operations still performed on babies without anaesthetic? 5 If there has been a shift towards medical acceptance of paediatric pain and consequent use of anaesthetics, then how recently has this happened? 6 What approximate percentage of boy babies are cicumcised in your country, and what pain relief is availabe if used? Any other relevant information would be appreciated. Thank you very much. Chris Goodfellow, Kettering, England
Re: Do babies feel pain?
Try the links in the MadSci Library for more information on Medicine.