The Entwined Mysteries of Anesthesia and Consciousness: Is There a Common Underlying Mechanism?

@article{Hameroff2006TheEM,
  title={The Entwined Mysteries of Anesthesia and Consciousness: Is There a Common Underlying Mechanism?},
  author={Stuart R. Hameroff},
  journal={Anesthesiology},
  year={2006},
  volume={105},
  pages={400-412}
}
  • S. Hameroff
  • Published 1 August 2006
  • Biology, Psychology
  • Anesthesiology
THE mechanism by which general anesthetics prevent consciousness remains unknown largely because the mechanism by which brain physiology produces consciousness is unexplained. But the two mysteries seem to share a critical feature—both consciousness and actions of anesthetic gases are mediated through extremely weak London forces (a type of van der Waals force) acting in hydrophobic pockets within dendritic proteins arrayed in synchronized brain systems. Unraveling this common thread may reveal… 
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