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BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 28 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:0

The pain of fetuses, the newborn, and burnt childrenWhen paediatric anaesthetists were asked in 1988 whether the newborn experienced pain, one in 10 said no and a quarter didn't know. Only one in 10 “always or usually” used systemic opioids when newborn infants were having major surgery. A survey reported today shows that now all anaesthetists believe that the newborn suffer pain, and nine out of 10 always or usually use systemic opioids when newborn infants are having major surgery (p 787). This is a substantial and sudden change. The …

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