Source - A UK-based musician proved that classical music stimulates the mind in more ways than one after playing the violin in the middle of a brain tumor operation, as seen in a new video.
The 20-second clip shows the Isle Of Wight’s Dagmar Turner, 53, impressively performing complex scales on her instrument while surgeons monitor her exposed brain. The unorthodox procedure was carried out at King’s College Hospital in South London, reports the Independent.
The musical interlude wasn’t meant to serenade the surgeons — the team wanted to ensure that the parts of Turner’s brain responsible for fine movement weren’t inadvertently damaged during the complicated procedure.
Remember those Jeff Foxworthy jokes - 'You might be a redneck if...?' Well I'm going to start a similar line of jokes except it'll be 'You might need a new doctor if...' and the first punchline is 'makes you play violin during brain surgery.' Because as 'cool' as it is, I simply refuse to believe that any doctor who knows what they're doing is going to guess and check their work with a song. Experimental or not, the good ones usually map that out ahead of time.
I also wouldn't want to be awake for it. What happens if you sneeze while he's got the knife on your brain? I get that they have a halo on, but still. The risks are too high...
The craziest part of this whole thing is that Dagmar was the person who suggested playing the instrument in the first place..
The surgeons spent two hours meticulously mapping out her brain to identify the parts activated by playing. It was Turner herself who suggested playing the instrument during surgery, reports ITV.
During the operation, surgeons opened the top of the anesthetized musician’s skull, before waking her to perform the mid-surgery sonata, all while monitoring her brain. Turner recounts how the surgeons handed her the violin and said “Play loud now” immediately after she regained consciousness.
Thankfully, the operation was a success.
Too many cooks in the kitchen is never a good thing. Regardless, that video made me want to puke. Maybe it wouldn't have been so bad if her eyes were open.
Gross. I won't be blogging one of these again (no promises) but wanted to share because I thought people would want to see. Cheers to a speedy recovery, Dagmar.