Subcortical consciousness: Implications for fetal anesthesia and analgesia
Roland R. Brusseau a1andGeorge A. Mashour a2 a1 Department of Anesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115; a2 Division of Neurosurgical Anesthesia, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. [email protected][email protected]
In this commentary we discuss the possibility of subcortical consciousness and its implications for fetal anesthesia and analgesia. We review the neural development of structural and functional elements that may participate in conscious representation, with a particular focus on the experience of pain.