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?
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Lisa Wong , Robert Viagas
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Imprint: Pegasus Books
Dimensions: Width: 14.80cm , Height: 2.80cm , Length: 21.70cm
ISBN 10: 160598177
Publication Date: 17 May 2013
Audience: Professional and scholarly , Professional & Vocational
Publisher's Status: Active
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I was impressed by the breadth and creativity of the program and the astonishing finesse. But this was neither the BSO nor the New England Conservatory. It was the Longwood Symphony Orchestra.
All congratulations to the Longwood Symphony Orchestra for making the connection between music and medicine so visible and palpable. Following Dr. Albert Schweitzer's 'reverence for life' philosophy, Dr. Wong and each of her L.S.O. colleagues serve humanity on so many levels. --Yo-Yo Ma
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