The MP3 surgeon and the opera fan

Richard H Riley
Med J Aust 2006; 184 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2006.tb00225.x
Published online: 6 March 2006

To the Editor: Music is often played in operating theatres, for a variety of reasons. It has been shown to decrease the anaesthetic requirements of patients1 and the autonomic reactivity of surgeons,2 and not to interfere with laparoscopic task performance under non-clinical conditions.3 However, I have witnessed several events that have “pushed back the boundaries” of this common practice.

  • Richard H Riley

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I thank Dr Scott Aaronson (model) and Mr Brydon Dunstan (photographer) for their assistance.


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