As far as we have come in terms of medical science over the years, the field of brain surgery still has plenty of undiscovered “territory”, so to speak. After all, who can really tell how the human brain works exactly, right down to the most minute of details? This time around, we bring you a story on how a team of surgeons employed a violinist to actually play the violin throughout the duration of a brain surgery so that they will hopefully be able to discover the cause of the tremors in the patient.


This is a rather interesting medical science development, don’t you think so? After all, the medical team figured out that there is only one way to ensure that the electrode is placed in the right area, by having violinist Frisch play during the surgery itself. An accelerometer was installed on the tip of Frisch’s violin bow, where his tremors were then transmitted onto a graph that can be viewed via a computer screen.

Surgeons looked at the screen with great concentration and intent before implanting the electrodes, all the while with Frisch belting out some tunes on his violin so that the relevant readings will be generated. This operation, we are proud to discover, has been proven to be quite the success. After the operation, Frisch had virtually no more tremors left, since he could turn them off via a portable device. I wonder what would have happened in a similar case if the patient had not musical ability at all.

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