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A new study shows that sometimes when anesthesia is administered to a patient they can enter a state of semi consciousness where they can respond to commands, but they cannot feel the surgery.Patients undergoing surgery are given anesthetic drugs so that their bodies don’t react to the pain and they are unconscious during the procedure. A new study shows that sometimes when anesthesia is administered to a patient they can enter a state of semi consciousness where they can respond to commands, but they cannot feel the surgery. Doctor Jaideep Pandit, an anesthetist from St. John’s College in England, has proposed the idea of this third state of consciousness that he calls dysanaesthesia. His theory is based on a study that involved 34 surgical patients who had been anesthetized and their whole bodies paralyzed except for their forearm, which allowed them to move their fingers in response to pain or commands from the researchers. Two thirds of the subjects didn’t move their fingers at all, but the others responded by moving their fingers only when they were asked to, even though they were under what doctors considered a sufficient dose of anesthetic drugs. The idea of a third state of consciousness might help doctors better understand how to monitor patients under anesthesia during surgery.