Medicine: Music for Madness

Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.—Plato, The Republic

In Michigan's Wayne County General Hospital, the truth and efficacy of Plato's dictum was once again demonstrated. In the hospital's auditorium a pale, empty-eyed patient, a schizophrenic for the last eight years, brilliantly ran through a 45-minute piano program. In the audience were 300 members of U.S. music teachers' associations. The concert over, they thundered applause.

Strange Voices. The pianist was known to the music teachers only as "Horace F." As a boy, he had been precocious...

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