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Eich Eric PhD; Reeves, John L. PhD; Katz, Ronald L. MD
Anesthesia & Analgesia: December 1985

Several studies have shown that surgical patients cannot consciously recall or recognize events to which they had been exposed during general anesthesia. Might evidence of memory for intraoperative events be revealed through the performance of a postoperative test that does not require remembering to be deliberate or intentional? Results of the present study, involving the recognition and spelling of semantically biased homophones, suggest a negative answer to this question and imply that intraoperative events cannot be remembered postoperatively, either with or without awareness.

Address correspondence to Dr. Eich, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC/Canada V6T 1Y7.

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