The Silent Scream

My continuing search for telltale characteristics of adult victims of infant surgery without anesthesia suggests two that are expressed in literature and art. These adults seem to live “a life of quiet desperation” as quoted from Thoreau’s Walden (1854) and descriptive of the person’s unconscious (nonverbal) dire expectancy of doom. The second relates to the […]

Infant Surgery Without Anesthesia

Anyone now 32 years or older who had major surgery as a baby is at risk for chronic posttraumatic illness because the surgery was probably done without anesthesia, which was the custom in most hospitals prior to 1987. Abdominal surgery for pyloric stenosis and chest surgery for congenital heart problems were the most common forms […]

PTSD AND CANCER PATIENTS

A study of South-East Asian patients recently published in Cancer demonstrates that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be persistent or even worsen in cancer patients up to four years after their diagnosis. “Our data underscore the risk of developing persistent PTSD even years after cancer diagnosis and treatment,” wrote Caryn Mei Hsien Chan, PhD, of […]