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March 6, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(10):470-471. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440100038006

" Sweet Music! Sacred tongue of God."

Chas. G. Leland—"The Music Lesson of Confucius."

One of the daily papers of Chicago gave an account in its issue of last Sunday of the trial on a large scale of music at the Eastern Illinois Hospital, to witness the effect if any on the insane.

The paper with a childlike simplicity says that to the musical director and the superintendent " belong the honor of making the first scientific experiment of this character in the history of medicine and music."

It is indeed quite probable that the experiment on so large a scale has not before been tried, as there were about 2,000 present according to the account, but the utility of music as a therapeutic measure has been known ever since David played the harp to soothe the madness of Saul, and Asclepiades of Bithynia, at the height of his Roman popularity