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Many medical procedures are unpleasant. People undergoing them are given pain relievers but also medicines (usually benzodiazepines related to valium) that impair the laying down of memory, so they do not remember it was unpleasant. But these drugs have real side effects like oversedation, and can
take hours to wear off.
Oxytocin is routinely given to women delivering babies and is safe. It facilitates contraction of smooth muscle: good for delivering babies but also for stopping bleeding since smooth muscle is around blood vessels. It is a peptide with a short halflife. Oxytocin also suppresses the laying down of memories (link). I propose IV oxytocin could be a safe adjunct for minor surgeries, endoscopies and other procedures and it would make them less unpleasant, at least in retrospect.
Oxytocin and memory
[bungston, Jul 13 2011]
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||Ah, the parsing, the parsing.
||Of course, there is no linguistic implication that midwives are women; the word means 'with (the) woman'.
||the mother delivers the child assisted or no. Leave it to medicine to give credit for the birth to someone other than the mother.
||They could go to the Oxycotton club?