Microneurosurgery with Videotapes

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Microneurosurgery with VideotapesI have been trying for many years to track this down without success.  There were reports going around that Vangelis provided music for a series of tapes for medical students in Greece, and that these tapes were sold to students of a surgeon.  It was not clear who the surgeon was.  It took a great deal of research to finally track down a piece of the name: Tegos.  I remember finding this information at the EMI Publishing website some time ago, when it used to list all the songs that Vangelis had registered.  That site identified "Tegos Case 1-35."

Based on that, I asked around to friends in Greece about it, and it was learned that there was a neurosurgeon by the name of Dr. Stergios Tegos in Athens. Despite that, finding the tapes was another story and they were not located.  I had pretty much given up on the prospect.

And then this year (2011), my wife and I decided that we needed to go to Greece for our much-planned vacation. My plan was not to do it that way though. We had saved the money and were waiting for a concert.  I still have a great deal of regret from 2001, missing the Mythodea event.  I had hoped for a concert, but 10 years have passed. So, we decided it was time to get going and visit the land where Vangelis came from.  A few weeks prior to leaving, I started researching these tapes again, wondering if they could be found.  Lo and behold, this time I located a possible lead by conducting my search in Greek characters instead of English.  I found the publication, but there was no information about Vangelis. The cost was not cheap either, and despite sending e-mails to the publisher, I did not get a reply.  The only saving grace here was that the bookstore where I located the item was in Athens, and I was going to be there.  And so, on September 14th, my wife and I hit the streets of Athens. We actually arrived in Athens on September 12th and had been exploring this great city during that time, but this journey was a bit different.  While we were staying in the Plaka, this required a trip near the Ampelokipi section of Athens, not frequented by the tourists.  Off we went, taking the subway as close as we could and then walking a good mile to the spot. And we arrived. The lady was very kind, looked and my printout, and said "I'm sorry, we don't have it." My heart sank instantly, but then she looked at me and said, "Let me make a call."  She called somebody and had a conversation in Greek, during which time she pulled out a piece of paper and wrote down the address of another bookstore. She said they have it, and 70 euros cheaper than I expected. When I asked if it was close, she said it wasn't, but the good news is that it was in Athens! And even better yet, it was close to where we were staying! So we headed on back and made a trip to Central Athens, Omonoia Section. We were really exhausted! And on a small side street, we found the bookstore. Now, it is kind of funny, because in all of Greece, we met some very nice people, all polite. But we met the rudest clerk in this store! I was a bit nervous that there was going to be some issues. I asked to see the book, and it was brought to me. I nervously opened a very large, 10 cm x 37 cm case and the first thing I see is this:

"Every human being, animal, plant or mineral carries the imprint of the cycle of Creation.  Sound has always followed the sequences of change in this cycle, like a code carrying the function and dimension of the universe, being at the same time its generator.  Let us go deep into our memory (and remember), by doing this, we will be able to decode the code of the Creation of the universe and, therefore, our own.  What an extraordinary and divine key is music!" - Vangelis

I struck gold. I asked the clerk if she could ship this to the USA, as it had some weight to it, plus I had many more days of vacation to go and I was concerned about dragging it around Greece.  She said no.  Having no choice, I decided to buy it right there and take it with me.  350 euros later, it was mine.  

And so for the next several days, until September 22, I carried this treasure around with me until we returned to the USA.  Inside this wonderful case was a 253 page book that contains a forward by Dr. Tegos and a detailed description of 35 cases involving microneurosurgery performed and recorded on the enclosed three videotapes.  In the forward, it is explained by Dr. Tegos that Vangelis had recorded music specifically for these tapes, as the subject matter can be "monotonous."  He also describes their friendship and the special requests he had made of Vangelis for this project.  The amazing thing here is that each videotape is 4 hours long.  It took a few moments for this to sink in with there really 12 hours of previously unheard Vangelis here?

Yes indeed.

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Catalog No.




Medical Publications Konstandaras

ISBN 960-86077-2-8

1998, PAL, 3 videotapes, 10 cm x 37 cm binding, which opens to reveal a 253 page book and the tapes

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