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December 2017

Music and Medicine: Something Important

JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(12):1721. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.5146

“You got any Gershwin?”

Not the kind of question people usually ask a doctor at the hospital…but then again, I was wearing regular clothes instead of scrubs, sitting at the piano in the lobby with a “Requests Welcome” sign on display.

Every week or 2 when I don’t have a daytime shift, I set up my iPad and play piano for an hour or so. Nothing depressing or too complicated—feel-good music from the 1930s to the latest by John Legend or Coldplay. The response from patients and families has been as humbling as anything people have said to me after a treatment of a major illness.

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