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Medical News & Perspectives
October 16, 2019

A Day in the Life: Performing Arts Physician Saves Careers by Fine-tuning Artists’ Form

JAMA. 2019;322(17):1637-1639. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.15208

Maria Reese, MD, still remembers landing in a Tennessee emergency department with a knee injury as a young dancer. The prognosis was grim: she would never dance again. Reese recently recalled “being devastated and thinking I'll prove that to be wrong, I'll get back to dancing.” And she did.

But she also remembers thinking that an athlete wouldn’t have been written off so easily, with a career-ending prognosis before treatment or rehabilitation. She came to the stark realization that “sometimes people don't necessarily understand what performing artists do, how much it's a part of who they are, and the pull towards that passion.”