Studies in recent years show that if music is played to patients during their operations, chances of recovering faster are significantly larger for them. Music is proven to have a good effect in medicine. Though, a recent operation went even further – they operated on a man’s brain WHILE he was playing the music himself.
Roger was experiencing very little tremors, they were so small that in any other profession they would be ignored, but not for a professional violin player, who needs precision and focus. Just like his playing, the electrodes must be placed with extra precision in order not to damage his brain even more. In his case the job was even harder, since his tremors were so small and hard to detect.Thus why they invented a solution – he would have to play a violin while getting operated on, so surgeons would notice the exact moment and place when the tremor happened and fix it. A special violin was created for the purpose, equipped with an accelerometer that allowed the medics to detect even the slightest mishaps. So there he was performing with his head wide open. It must have been magnificent.
The operation was a major success and Roger continued with his career, playing music and enjoying it, just as long as he remembered to turn his pace maker on.