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Playing Violin During Surgery


2014-0810 Playing Violin During SurgeryThe video in this post appears on the website Everyday Health, the violinist in the video is Roger Frisch of the Minnesota Orchestra, and the medical expert is Dr. Sanjay Gupta. I chose to include the video on my blog because it illustrates that even though the brain is responsible for helping us feel pain, the human brain does not have pain fibers.


Click here to see the video.


Click here to read another Beyond Injury post about playing music during brain surgery.

Thanks to Wendy for sharing the story with me; Roger Frisch for playing violin during his brain surgery and allowing us to watch the video; Dr. Sanjay Gupta for featuring the story; Everyday Health for committing it resources to the story; and all the other people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture, video, and text I used in this post.

Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

2 Responses to “Playing Violin During Surgery”

  • Nancy McIntyre says:

    This is absolutely fascinating, Scott. Without you having sent this video, I would have never known this could be rectified. Thank you.

    • Scott says:

      Nancy, I am happy to share what I know. If you would like to share what you know or what you have experienced, please consider allowing me to share the information on my blog. ~ Scott

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.