Brain surgery is tricky business. Brains aren't exactly labeled to let surgeons know which parts do what, and a single brain tumor could bump up against many different regions responsible for many different things. To make sure they're pinpointing the right spot — and not doing irreparable damage to the wrong one — brain surgeons keep patients awake during the entire surgery, sometimes asking them questions to make sure everything is still in working order. In the case of musicians, sometimes the best way to know that is by having them play their instrument. Right in the middle of surgery.
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Written by Ashley Hamer September 22, 2017
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