Lying in a hospital bed, it can be the most infuriating of responses. You've been suffering for hours in labor or awaiting a major surgery and all you ask for is a bite to eat.
But the nurse says no.
For generations, doctors have put patients on a strict fast before a major surgery. Ten years ago, the recommendation was no food or drink for eight hours before anesthesia. Not even a glass of water.
A toned-down version of the fasting rules even applies to women in labor on the off chance...Full Story