Linking Music and Medicine

Dr. Lisa Wong, a pediatrician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Milton Pediatrics, talks about the connection between music and medicine.  From music helping her to become a better doctor to music’s ability to connect to patients young and old, Wong describes the powerful effect it has in her book, “Scales to Scalpels.”  When describing music’s importance with patients, she said, “Music has a way of reaching a deeper core in a person than sometimes can be touched in any other way, even beyond words.  Young [amputees] who don’t want to put in an hour a day of occupational therapy will practice [a musical] instrument for 10 hours a day just to get things right.  The music is driving them…”