Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Empoprise-MU blog gets into neurosurgery

We've talked about music, of course, and we've talked about the business of music, and now it's time for this blog to get into neurosurgery. No, I'm not going to be performing neurosurgery. Ali Rezai did:

Lately, when neurosurgeon Ali Rezai implants a deep brain electrode into a Parkinson's patient, he plays a special classical composition from the Cleveland Orchestra. The music isn't designed to keep him focused during surgery, but rather to explore the effect it has on the brain. His patients, who are receiving an implant that helps alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, are awake during the surgery and can tell Rezai how the music makes them feel as he observes what it does to the brain.

More here and here.
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