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June 25, 1960

Music Therapy 1958. Volume VIII: Eighth Book of Proceedings of the National Association for Music Therapy, Inc., Founded 1950

JAMA. 1960;173(8):969-970. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020260109029

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This book, the eighth in a series of annual volumes on music therapy, reminds one again that sound can be welcome or unwelcome, that unwelcome sound is noise, and that the increasing resources of the mechanized music industry have placed in human hands a two-edged weapon. In any large institution a surprising amount of money is likely to be invested in pianos, phonographs, radios, musical instruments, and auditoriums. Misused, such facilities can be worse than wasted. Properly used, they can not only give pleasure but can have extraordinary effects on the patient and on the atmosphere of the entire surroundings.

This volume consists of contributions by many authors. The chapters average about 10 pages in length and are grouped to deal with the views of hospital administrators, the show as a therapeutic instrument, group psychotherapy, music in physical medicine, music therapy and special education (as in mental hospitals ), music therapy

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