Medicine: Warning on Anaesthetics

Doctors have long recognized that anaesthetics should be used only with extreme care. Some patients have allergic reactions from anaesthesia, and in rare cases the effects are fatal. There are now indications that anaesthesia may also affect the unborn. Writing in Anesthesiology, a team of researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine report their suspicion that pregnant medical personnel whose work exposes them to anaesthetics may have miscarriages as a result.

The three researchers—Drs. Ellis Cohen and J. Weldon Bellville and Biostatistician Byron Brown—conducted parallel studies on two groups of women who...

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