Anaesthetically pleasing: violinist plays on during brain surgery

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Anaesthetically pleasing: violinist plays on during brain surgery

The musician was woken up mid-operation to start playing while surgeons worked on her open skull

Henry Bodkin

A violinist underwent brain surgery while playing her instrument to show doctors which part of the organ they should avoid damaging.

In a first for UK medicine, Dagmar Turner played scales and improvised tunes while surgeons at King’s College Hospital in London carefully removed a tumour on the right frontal lobe.

The Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra member, 53, had been terrified that the procedure would damage the area that controls the fine movement of the left hand, needed for the most skilled and intricate part of playing the violin...

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