Synopses & Reviews
You may have read about the Longwood Symphony orchestra (LSO) in the paper or heard them on your favorite radio station. But the LSO is not just any orchestra. it began in 1982 with a group of talented Boston-area physicians, med students and health-care professionals and has since flourished under the leadership of violinist Dr. Lisa Wong, who became president of the LSO in 1991. The orchestra is now a proud, extraordinary group of musicians with fans around the globe. In , Dr. Wong and Robert Viagas chronicle how the musical acumen of these physicians affects the way they administer healing and, in turn, how their work affects their music. What cognitive and emotional shifts occur when a surgeon transitions from the chaos of the ER to the discipline of the orchestra rehearsal studio? What's it like to make a house call to a poor neighborhood in the morning and then play trumpet in a jazz group that night? Does music heal the doctors the way the doctors heal their patients? How does practicing the art of music transform the art of practicing medicine?
"It's the secret life of some remarkable doctors who heal ailing bodies and minds with medicine by day: by night they heal with music. In this loving ode to the health-care providers/musicians who volunteer their talents with the famed Longwood Symphony Orchestra of Boston, pediatrician, violinist, and retiring LSO president Wong profiles the fascinating professionals who shed their white coats once a week to make great music, and then explores how music helps them deliver better care. Gastroenterologist Stephen Wright, a Tufts Medical School professor and chief of medicine at Faulkner Hospital, displays skill with the bassoon reed that mirrors his precision as a physician; violinist and occupational therapist Tamara Goldstein works with elderly patients with dementia and shows how music reached into the deepest part of one woman to reawaken her memories and participation in life. And physical therapist and cellist Denise Lotufo found music sharpened her ability to hear not only when she was playing in tune but also what her patients were telling her. Wong argues that there may soon come the day when doctors will write prescriptions for Bach or Haydn 'the way we now write for amoxicillin or Ambien.' 8 pages of b&w photos. Agent: Linda Konner, the Linda Konner Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The incredible story of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra that reveals the remarkable interplay between music and medicine.
About the Author
Dr. Lisa Wong is an associate in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and maintains her own private practice in Boston's South Shore. She is the president of the Longwood Symphony, a board member of young Audiences of Massachusetts and helped start "Bring Back the Music," which revitalized in-class instrumental music instruction in Boston public schools.Robert Viagas founded and managed Playbill.com, Theatre.com and Broadway Television Network, and is the editor of Playbill Books. He is the author or editor of fourteen books and lives in New York City.