Scales to Scalpels: Doctors Who Practice the Healing Arts of Music and Medicine: The Story of the Longwood Symphony Orch

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Open Road Media, Apr 3, 2012 - Medical - 384 pages
The true story of an orchestra made up of medical professionals that “makes the connection between music and medicine visible and palpable” (Yo-Yo Ma). You may have read about the Longwood Symphony Orchestra (LSO) in the paper or heard them on your favorite radio station. But the LSO is not just any orchestra. It began in 1982 with a group of talented Boston-area physicians, med students and health-care professionals and has since flourished under the leadership of violinist Dr. Lisa Wong, who became president of the LSO in 1991. The orchestra is now a proud, extraordinary group of musicians with fans around the globe.
 In Scales to Scalpels, Dr. Wong and Robert Viagas chronicle how the musical acumen of these physicians affects the way they administer healing and, in turn, how their work affects their music. What cognitive and emotional shifts occur when a surgeon transitions from the chaos of the ER to the discipline of the orchestra rehearsal studio? What’s it like to make a house call to a poor neighborhood in the morning and then play trumpet in a jazz group that night? Does music heal the doctors the way the doctors heal their patients? How does practicing the art of music transform the art of practicing medicine?

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With the assistance of founder Viagas (I'm the Greatest Star: Broadway's Top Musical Legends from 1900 to Today, 2009, etc.), Wong sums up her experiences as president of Boston's ... Read full review


Foreword by Bernard Lown M
Foreword by Dr Lisa Wong
Overture to the MusicianPhysician
A Pediatrician with a Violin
Music and Healers from Apollo to Dr Albert Schweitzer
The Longwood Symphony Orchestra Finds Its Own Lambaréné
Music and Brain Development
Left and Right Hemispheres
Overcoming Discord
Musician Heal Thyself
Music and Mental Health
MUSICIANPHYSICIANS AND THE COMMUNITY 12 From Clashing Chords to Perfect Harmonies
Bringing the Humanities Back to Medicine
Tomorrows MusicianPhysicians

MusicianPhysician Modulation
Music As Healing

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Lisa Wong, MD, is an associate in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and maintains her own private practice in Boston’s South Shore. She is the president of the Longwood Symphony, a board member of Young Audiences of Massachusetts and helped start “Bring Back the Music,” which revitalized in-class instrumental music instruction in Boston public schools. Robert Viagas founded and managed,, and Broadway Television and is the editor of Playbill Books. He is the author or editor of fourteen books and lives in New York City.

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