Friday, March 19, 2010

From the Operating Theater to the Concert Hall

And now, playing for a select and very small audience, we bring you Roger Frisch, a concert master with the Minneapolis Orchestra playing his violin during Deep Brain Stimulation. DBS, here used to control Essential Tremor, is also used in Parkinson's Disease, often with dramatic results.

"What's weird about that?" you ask. The answer: This is the second TV report I have found of a musician having their ability restored by DBS in the presence of a news camera. The first post, about a man playing his banjo during his operation for Parkinson's can be found here along with a link to the report showing the banjo player during his operation. If they can find a bass player, they'll be able to form a band. Their instruments will be acoustic, but the players will be electric.

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