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A World-Class Musician Was Asked To Play Violin During His Own Brain Surgery

Imagine being awake while doctors were just fiddling around in your brain.

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One of the best treatments available for essential tremors is a procedure called deep brain stimulation, which involves sending electrical impulses into the brain. And that's why Frisch was asked to bring his violin to the operating room last Spring.

Frisch's violin bow was hooked up to an accelerometer, which then sent data into a computer letting the surgical team know if they were hitting the right part of his thalamus. If his tremble lessened as he was playing, then they knew they found the spot.

The team at the Mayo Clinic, where Frisch had his operation, built the accelerometer just for the treatment and it paid off. Surgeons successfully found the right area of Frisch's thalamus.

You can watch a video all about the amazing operation here:

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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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