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October 15, 1898

Hygiene of Music.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(16):939-940. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450160061013

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Minneapolis, Minn., Oct. 2, 1898.

To the Editor:  —A medical friend having called my attention to your interesting article on "The Hygiene of Music," in your issue of September 24, I beg leave to offer a few suggestions in amplification of your remarks.The question as to whether music appeals exclusively to the emotional appears to be mooted rather one-sidedly. In music, as in any other field of education, we do not make a sufficiently clear distinction between appreciation and creation. Waiving the discussion as to whether the excessive indulgence in either branch (I use this expression for want of a better one) must needs result detrimentally to the individual, I desire to call attention to the fact that when the intellect is to be employed, there is a vast difference between a mere indulgence in rendered music and the execution of music. Your esteemed colleague, the recently departed Dr.

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