The Importance of Music in Brain Surgery

If you ever undergo brain surgery, you may want to bring your guitar with you

In some brain surgery procedures, patients are kept awake so that doctors can monitor brain activity, sometimes even going as far to have them perform actual musical instruments. In this exclusive Q&A, we head to the University of Chicago to speak with one of the nation’s leading neurosurgeons, Dr. David Frim, PhD.

Dr. Frim discusses the basics of brain surgery and why such activities as performing instruments may be employed by doctors. He also reveals the effect music can have on the brain.

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