Healing Power of Music
Music therapy offers balm to the sick and may spark recovery for patients with severe impairment.
It was now or never. The patient, a 76-year-old laundress in the Dominican Republic, was scheduled for total bilateral knee replacements. But her blood pressure was so high—240/120—that her surgical team refused to operate. The patient’s face was contorted with worry. She couldn’t simply put off the procedure: The operation was part of a philanthropic program; her surgeons would not return to her hospital in Santo Domingo for a year at the earliest. And aggressive drug therapy was not bringing the pressure down.