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February 2, 1957


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JAMA. 1957;163(5):385. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970400057025

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To the Editor:—  In connection with the article on page 1619 and the editorial on page 1625 of the Dec. 29 issue of The Journal on music as a tool in medicine, you may be interested to know that the American Rhinologic Society is making available to its members and others, free of cost, tape recordings of music rendered especially for surgery under local anesthesia. The numbers were selected on the basis of 10 years of experience with music during some 1,000 nasal operations by Dr. Maurice H. Cottle at the Illinois Masonic Hospital, Chicago. It was found that patients reacted best to soft string music, but even this had to be screened carefully to avoid numbers that might bring up sad memories. Accordingly, the lesser known classical music was chosen. These compositions were recorded by prominent Chicago artists, including the Fine Arts Quartet. Each 7-in. reel provides three hours

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