A neurologist reveals startling facts about prenatal development research that has only recently came to light. Until the 1980's, it was assumed that the fetus and the newborn child could not sense pain.
Now leading researchers agree:
- The fetus perceives pain at 20 weeks gestation or even earlier.
- There is anatomical, physiological, and behavioural evidence of fetal pain.
- The fetus may experience pain more intensely than an adult.
Why has a recent review stated that a fetus cannot sense pain until 29 weeks?
What are the implications of this review for child centered pediatric medicine?
Dr. Paul Ranalli reveals the science and politics of fetal pain during this deVeber Institute annual public lecture.
Dr. Paul Ranalli, MD, FRCPC is a neurologist at the Humber River Regional Hospital, the Toronto Western Hospital, and the Toronto General Hospital. He is a lecturer and clinical instructor at the University of Toronto Medical School. Dr. Ranalli serves on the Advisory Board for the deVeber Institute, and is an active researcher. He write frequently about life issues in the media.