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Musical surgeon examines the OR soundtrack

Research studies impact on doctors, patients

Mass. General surgeon Dr. Claudius Conrad (above), making his rounds in an intensive care unit, listens to recordings of himself playing Mozart during operations. Mass. General surgeon Dr. Claudius Conrad (above), making his rounds in an intensive care unit, listens to recordings of himself playing Mozart during operations. (David L. Ryan/ Globe Staff)
By Carolyn Y. Johnson
Globe Staff / December 7, 2009

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For performing a routine colorectal surgery, Dr. Claudius Conrad prefers the music of Bach, whose fugues and preludes mirror the methodical, structured steps of the procedure. But when operating on a patient with terrible burns, Conrad queues up techno or rap to set the right tone of tension and urgency. (Full article: 976 words)

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