Surgeons operate on people scalpels. In the mid-1800s, they have learned to use chemicals that interfere with the exchange of the brain substance, blocking conscious thought and preventing too vigorous resistance of patients to make their cut. These chemicals - anesthetics. Their molecules freely enter and leave the brain, allowing anesthetists to interrupt and restore human consciousness. People have been dreaming about the opening of a drug that would have interfered with the metabolism of the whole body, a drug able to interrupt metabolism completely for hours, days or years. The result would be a state biostasis (from bio, meaning 'life', and -staz that means 'stop' or 'stable condition'). producing reversible biostasis method could help astronauts on long space voyages to save food and avoid boredom, or it could be something of a one-way time machine. In medicine biostasis would provide long-term anesthesia, giving doctors more time to work. When accidents occur far from medical help, a good procedure biostasis would provide a universal way of first aid: it would stabilize the patient's condition and would prevent a mad work of molecular machines and tissue damage.
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