Violinist overcomes ‘incurable’ tremor in Israeli surgical video

Naomi Elishuv, originally from Lithiania, gave up playing in orchestras 20 years ago after being beset by a condition known as essential tremor.

Now surgeons at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Centre have cured it by means of a thalamotomy, a form a brain stimulation performed through a hole in the skull. Under local anaesthetic, Naomi was asked several times to play her violin. At the end of the operation she said (in hebrew) ‘ani shaletet’ – I can control it.

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