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April 12, 1995

Cardiovascular Reactivity Among Surgeons: Not Music to Everyone's Ears

Author Affiliations

Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tenn

JAMA. 1995;273(14):1091. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520380026025

To the Editor.  —The most memorable and anxiolytic effect on a patient from music in the operating room was related to us after she awoke in the recovery room. She said she was certainly glad she had survived and was alive because the last thing she remembered prior to her anesthesia was "Amazing Grace," which was playing in the operating room. She felt she must surely be in heaven.It is gratifying to see confirmation that music does indeed have a psychophysiological effect on us as surgeons.1

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