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Book and Media Reviews
December 21, 2011

Performing Arts Medicine

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Family Medicine, Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois (susanarjmand@yahoo.com).

JAMA. 2011;306(23):2621-2622. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1848

The third edition of Performing Arts Medicine, edited by Robert Sataloff, Alice Brandfonbrener, and Richard Lederman, will be welcomed by physicians who treat performers and musicians. Like the first (1991) and second (1998) editions, this book offers detailed information on medical problems common in musicians, singers, and dancers, as well as on diagnosis, evaluation methods, treatments, and predisposing factors. As mentioned by the world-renowned musicians who wrote the foreword to the first and second editions, there was a time not so long ago that most physicians had little or no idea that musicians have specific needs and are vulnerable to specific instrument-related injuries. As the field has developed over the past 30 years, practitioners of performing arts medicine have sought to educate physicians, therapists, music teachers, and musicians about these injuries and ailments as well as about how to treat them.