A Link Between Music and Medicine

April 30, 2017 - 435 views

“Don’t try this at home,” Claudius Conrad, M.D., Ph.D., quips as he lectures on the historical ties between music and medicine. Conrad, an assistant professor of Surgical Oncology, explains to his audience that in the Middle Ages, popular prescriptions involved specific musical combinations. The example he offers involves alternating between playing the flute and harp to alleviate gout.

Despite the long-standing connection between music and medicine, there’s only a small body of scientific research that addresses how music impacts the body. This subject is of particular interest to Conrad, a practicing laparoscopic liver and pancreas surgeon with doctoral degrees in both Stem Cell Biology and Music Philosophy. Read more here...


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