Letter: Stone music

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Sir: 'Music for smooth operators' (Health, 4 October) reminds me there is a piece by the 17th-century French composer Marin Marais called 'le tableau de l'operation de la taille' - or removal of a stone in the bladder. Clyde H. Thompson, in Grove's Dictionary of Music, writes of 'an ordeal that Marais may have suffered without the benefit of an anaesthetic . . . a commentary in the score describes the stages of the operation'.

Yours faithfully,


Gloucester Music

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