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Source: Mona Lisa Overdrive, Page: 77

You go to the dentist?"

"Yes."

"You stim while he works?"

"Yes . . ."

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This is just starting to occur. Going to the dentist is a terrifying ordeal for most people. The actual pain is half real, half imagined, and always excruciating. There is something primal and terrifying about lying back with your mouth open whilst someone scrapes around inside.

General anaesthetic for a dental check-up is a bit of an extreme - and dangerous - solution for most people, but there are some who do require it.

Full immersion virtual reality is already used by a handful of hospitals, in place of pain medication when dressing burns. So it is not such a great leap to use it in dentistry.

One such study ( Hunter G. Hoffman, Azucena Garcia-Palacios, David R. Patterson, Mark Jensen, Thomas Furness, William F. Ammons. CyberPsychology & Behavior. 2001, 4(4): 527-535.) did indeed find that using full immersion VR for procedures did seem to lessen the pain, reducing levels to half, or even lower compared to levels with the same volunteers without the VR.

The SimStim in the quote of course, disconnects the patient?s mind from their mouth whilst all procedures are carried out, pain-free. We are not at that point yet, sadly.

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About the Book 'Mona Lisa Overdrive'
By William Gibson
Produced By Spectra

Mona Lisa Overdrive, penned in 1988, is the third and final book of William Gibson?s Sprawl trilogy, and also, his third book. Following on the heels of Neuromancer and Count Zero, Overdrive is by far the most lightweight of the trio, basing more in reflected glory from the other books, than attempting to stand on its own.

Set in the same world as the other two, some twenty years after Count Zero, it has lost the feeling of fast-paced change, as both technologically and culturally it feels almost stagnant, unchanging.

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