Brain Surgery Requires This Sax Player to Perform While He Skull is Open

No matter how many times I see videos like this, I get a little freaked out.

Brain surgery is, well, brain surgery. Your skull is drilled open and someone roots around in the squishy bits trying to repair a gelatinous hunk of neurons. But because everyone’s brain is different, the surgeon isn’t entirely sure what neurons are where. An errant probe could do anything from wipe out memories to destroy the ability to speak. Or worse.

In the case of this sax player, the focus of the operation was an area of the brain associated with his music-playing abilities. A wrong poke could prove to be disastrous. The only way the surgeon could know if he was in the wrong place was to have the patient play the sax as he delicately removed all traces of a tumor. As long as he was playing, the surgeon knew things were all right. (Via Holy Kaw)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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