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Smooth Operator? Surgeons and songs are a winning mix, study finds

After a study of music and healing, Cardiff’s University Hospital of Wales came up with a tongue-in-cheek list of what to play in theatre. While classical music is preferred by most surgeons, some more current suggestions were put forward. Sade’s Smooth Operator was approved – but REM’s Everybody Hurts is a no-no. Although the songs are only meant as a bit of festive fun from medical staff at the hospital, the benefits of music helping patients and surgeons alike stems from a legitimate study. According to their findings, around 80% of theatre staff said music helped while carrying out operations. They also found that music is played 62-72% of the time in the operating theatre, with songs often chosen by the lead surgeon.

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