WCNeuro S2, EP6 – Anesthesia with Professor Emery Brown

Everyone knows what anaesthesia is; whether from personal experience or having seen it on TV we all know that with some gas or an injection a person can from having a knife/scalpel being one of the worst things that could happen to it being part of a surgery that is saving their life. If you are a regular of this show then it is likely the thought just occurred, what is going on in the brain? What happens when you go under that means your brain can suddenly accept all the damage that must naturally happen over a surgery? Is it a very, very deep sleep or is there something more happening?