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Book and Media Reviews
March 10, 2010

The Biology of Musical Performance and Performance-Related Injury

JAMA. 2010;303(10):987-991. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.254

This may be the book that many readers have been waiting for. Written by a neuroscientist and educator who obviously has an interest in and appreciation of music and musical performance, it attempts to bridge the chasm, more often successfully than not, between the scientist/health care professional and the musician. While aimed primarily at educating the latter and providing a broad base for understanding what is involved in the production and comprehension of music, enough sophisticated and useful information is provided to engage and enlighten physicians and other health care professionals who want to learn more about this subject. While other sources may provide a broader or more detailed perspective on the diagnosis and management of performance-related disorders, the biological basis of musical performance and problems related to performance is exceptionally reviewed in this text.

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