Sunday, October 25, 2015

"Brain Surgery Live" on NatGeo happens while patient is conscious, to treat Parkinson's


The National Geographic Channel aired a two-hour special “Brain Surgery Live with Mental Floss”, with Bryant Gumbel hosting, link here. The program showed progress during brain surgery at the Cleveland Clinic (Ohio) where the patient, a 49-year-old electrician remained conscious during the two hours where surgeons probed with electrical stimulus to cure Parkinson’s Disease, which had suddenly surfaced after he left the Navy.



The broadcast showed the anatomy of the brain, and explained that the folds increase surface area for “computing power”.
 
The surgeon is also an accomplished pianist, and the surgeon (standing 6 ft 5 in) explained that the skills in playing piano and doing fine surgery are similar.  One lead surgeon was female, and only 6% of all neurosurgeons are female now.

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