HUNTER HEATH III, M.D.
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To the editor: The paper, "The Jake Walk Blues" by Morgan and Tulloss (Ann Intern Med 85:804-808) documents the musical and cultural spinoffs of the jake paralysis tragedy in entertaining but scholarly style.
American folk and quasifolk music has frequently reflected popular awareness of disease and medical problems. Black and white blues and country songs are replete with references to tuberculosis, coal miner's black lung, alcoholism, auto accidents, pneumonia, homicide, and so forth. Perhaps there are valuable lessons for physicians in these songs, which frequently reflect the views of some of our society's least sophisticated members. Doctors are not revered
HEATH H. Songs and Sickness. Ann Intern Med. ;86:368. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-86-3-368_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;86(3):368.
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