Doubt cast on music in the operating theatre

A SURGEON on the job is five times more likely to repeat a request when music is playing in the operating theatre, says a study that casts doubt on the wisdom of the common practice.

More than half of surgeries are performed with music playing, the researchers say, yet the efficacy and possible drawbacks have rarely been challenged.

Some surgeons say it helps reduce stress, blocks out 'white noise', or enhances their concentration.

To investigate further, a team led by Sharon-Marie Weldon, of Imperial College London, filmed 20 operations in Britain over a six-month