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Essential Tremor: Minnesota Orchestra Concertmaster John Frisch Plays Violin During Brain Surgery [VIDEO]

by Ian Holubiak   Aug 15, 2014 09:32 AM EDT

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If medical science hasn't astounded you enough, perhaps the brief story of Roger Frisch will change your mind.

After suffering from a condition called "essential tremor," the Minnesota concertmaster's hopes of maintaining a perfect performance slowly dwindled. His bow arm would shake so much that his playing was seriously hindered.

However, with the advent of new technology called "deep brain stimulation," Frisch received a device invasively inserted into his brain that allows a shockwave to halt his tremor.

The device--get this--can be turned on and off with what looks like a television remote control.


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