Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by Raoul Tubiana and Peter C. Amadio, 626 pp, with illus, $175, ISBN 1-85317-612-5, London, England, Martin Dunitz, Malden, Mass, Blackwell Science, 2000.
Medical Problems of the Instrumentalist Musician is a welcome addition to the field of performing arts medicine. This specialty is a relative newcomer in clinical medicine but one that has made significant strides over the past two decades.
Historically there has been limited interest in health issues as they relate to performing artists. It was not until a 1983 symposium on medical problems of performing artists held in Aspen, Colo, that the field began to take shape. Since then enthusiasm for performing arts medicine has grown steadily around the world. Several organizations, the most prominent being the Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA), have emerged. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, the official journal of PAMA, has advanced the field by encouraging research and making peer-reviewed articles on diverse aspects of performing arts medicine available to performers, teachers, and healthcare providers.
MusiciansMedical Problems of the Instrumentalist Musician. JAMA. 2001;285(4):467-468. doi:10.1001/jama.285.4.467