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

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