Why You Might Want Your Surgeon to Listen to Music in the Operating Room

Classical. Old rock. Country western.

If you were an unconscious patient in Dr. Frank Opelka’s operating room, any one of these genres could have been playing.

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“I had my own collection that I brought in,” said Opelka, a former colorectal surgeon who began his practice in the 1980s. “I remember when I was practicing in Boston for a while … the residents in New England just couldn’t stand country western, so we played a lot of it.”

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