Watch a man play guitar while undergoing brain surgery

Technically Incorrect: A Brazilian man undergoes brain surgery while playing a Beatles song on his guitar. Because, what else is he going to do?

Chris Matyszczyk
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I've never had brain surgery.

I feel it's likely too late for it anyway. But there's a certain something about the way it's being performed these days that makes me wonder whether it would be fun.

I base at least some of my feelings on a video that's just emerged of a man playing his guitar. Yes, while he's having brain surgery.

As the Telegraph reports, Brazilian Anthony Kulkamp Dias had quite a day while his brain was being opened up. Actually, he had quite a "Yesterday," for this was one of the songs he strummed while surgeons performed apparently pioneering surgery on Dias' brain tumor.

I'm not sure whether this would have been my choice of song. I suppose that all his troubles seemed so far away, as he lay there. The surgeons were mapping how Dias' brain worked and needed him to be awake.

The Telegraph quoted Dr. Jean Abreu Machado as saying: "By keeping the patient awake during surgery, these areas can be monitored in real time. A kind of mapping of important areas can be done."

Dias is a 33-year-old bank worker who has played guitar for 20 years.

"I played six songs at certain times," he told the Telegraph afterward. "My right hand was a bit weaker because that was the side that they were operating on. So I stopped and rested. I was interspersing songs and talking with them."

The tumor was unearthed 15 days after his son was born.

Dias isn't the first to play music during brain surgery over the past year. Who could forget Roger Frisch strumming on his violin while surgeons poked inside his head? In his instance, he was struggling with a nervous disorder called essential tremor.

In both Frisch's and Dias' cases, the surgery was said to be successful.

I still wonder, though, whether Dias might have been tempted to play with the doctors' sense of humor while they delved inside his brain.

I am amazed he didn't even attempt to offer a track from Emerson Lake and Palmer's "Brain Salad Surgery." Or at least Tom Waits' "If Only I Had A Brain."

If his humor had been very dark, of course, he might have offered Pink Floyd's "Brain Damage." Perhaps, though, that might have been tempting fate a little too much.