The healing qualities of music have been appreciated since ancient times.
Today, music continues to occupy a therapeutic niche in a range of settings
and is gaining recognition as a valuable complement to conventional medical
treatment in a number of areas, such as relieving pain during childbirth (Pain Manag Nurs. 2003;4:54-61) .
Rigorous evaluation of such effects is needed to ensure that music is
used most effectively in patient care. Such an effort is one of the aims of
neurologist Mark Jude Tramo, MD, PhD, founder and director of the Institute
for Music and Brain Science at Harvard Medical School, in Boston. Throughout
his career, Tramo has used music as a lens to examine brain function. He envisions
the nascent institute as an entity that will bring a multidisciplinary perspective
to research on how the auditory cortex functions—not only to gain insight
into fundamental auditory processes, but also to apply that insight to such
problems as hearing loss and brain damage.
Friedrich M. Institute Probes Music's Therapeutic Potential. JAMA. 2004;291(13):1554-1555. doi:10.1001/jama.291.13.1554