October 15, 2008

Using a banjo in brain surgery

On BBC and TED, I learned about the brain surgery of the musician Eddie Adhock. To treat a hand tremor that could threaten Mr. Adhock's abibilty to perform professionally, surgeons placed electrodes in Mr. Adcock's brain and fitted a pacemaker in his chest delivering a small current that shut down the region of his brain causing the tremors. To test the success of the procedure, Eddie Adcock played his banjo throughout the brain surgery process.

Watch this 2½ minute BBC video to see for yourself.
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