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Musical surgeon examines the OR soundtrack

Boston Globe, December 7, 2009

Surgeons have long listened to music while they work, saying it helps them relax and concentrate. But now Claudius Conrad, MD, an accomplished pianist and a senior surgical resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, is scientifically testing how music affects surgeons, their patients, and even relatives in the waiting room. The goal is to understand whether music can improve results of surgery, and whether it might be used as a medical treatment.