Mechanisms of anesthetic actions and the brain

Ishizawa, Yumiko
May 2007
Journal of Anesthesia;2007, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p187
Academic Journal
The neural mechanisms behind anesthetic-induced behavioral changes such as loss of consciousness, amnesia, and analgesia, are insufficiently understood, though general anesthesia has been of tremendous importance for the development of medicine. In this review, I summarize what is currently known about general anesthetic actions at different organizational levels and discuss current and future research, using systems neuroscience approaches such as functional neuroimaging and quantitative electrophysiology to understand anesthesia actions at the integrated brain level.


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