Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: Music in the operating room, part 1

If you watch any medical show on TV, surgeons always seem to have music playing in the operating theatre.  And this actually happens. 

Many surgeons use music as a way to create a comfortable atmosphere in what’s normally a pretty stressful environment. And playing music while operating is a smart thing for both the surgeon and the patient. Several studies have shown that listening to music while operating reduces heart rate, blood pressure and other stress indicators.  A more relaxed surgeon usually equals a better performing surgeon. 

Another study on anesthesiologists showed the same thing:  less tension and stress, more focus on the job at hand. 

This leads to the next question.  What kind of music is best?  That’s next time

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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One thought on “Ongoing History Daily: Music in the operating room, part 1

  • When my wife was in surgery to deliver our baby (3 months early), I peeked through the operating room doors and heard “Crazy Train” by Ozzy pumping out from the speakers.


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