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July 14, 1923


JAMA. 1923;81(2):147-148. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650020065019

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The Auditory Function in Relation to Talent for Music  Dr. Pierre Chantriot recently discussed before the Faculté de médecine of Lyons the early manifestations of musical genius. Chantriot is a musician himself and is sprung from a family of musicians. He stated that it was his endeavor to penetrate the thick cloud which enveloped musical genius and its first manifestations. He studied, in this connection, auditory sensibility and sensory and motor function in musicians, after having performed several experiments on psychomotor reactions. He would like to have completed his study by researches on the cranium and ears of great masters; but he did not meet with the cooperation of musical conservatories that he had hoped to find.It is self-evident that the ear constitutes the basis of musical genius. The ear is to the musician what the eye is to the painter. But, though the ear is indispensable for the

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