A recent study in the journal Lancet, demonstrated the salutory effect of music in reducing pain from surgery. It was particularly effective prior to surgery, but also seemed to be beneficial during surgery and general anesthesia as well.
That music can be a calming influence is not a surprise, but that we’ve failed to take advantage of it’s properties is unfortunate. I doubt surgeons will be telling you to bring in your own music prior to your next surgery, but I think this makes perfect sense and I suggest it be on your ‘short list’ for what you need next time you enter the hospital.
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