I'm in ur head fixing ur brain
October 15, 2008 7:05 AM Subscribe
posted by mandal (37 comments total)
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Bluegrass banjo player Eddie Adcock
underwent brain surgery while awake and playing the banjo.
The BBC has video
of the operation (poss. NSFW or the squeamish; audio here
). The operation was to fix tremors in Adcock's hand, the banjo playing was feedback. The BBC carried a story a few years ago on awake brain surgery
when it was more uncommon; this woman has had two such operations
. You can even find an online preparation guide
From an article
about the procedure on Ted Kennedy:
"It is just mind-blowing," said Dr. David Korones, associate professor of pediatrics, oncology and neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y. "You walk into the operating room and see on one side of a sheet a person's brain exposed — it looks just like it does in the movies … and walk around on the other side and you can talk to the person."
(I'm sure he chose the phrase "mind-blowing" carefully.)
If it's still not weird enough for you, Conor Mather-Licht read Vonnegut aloud while undergoing "awake craniotomy with mapping
" (again with the possibly NSFW/NSFTS thing).