Frank Davidoff, MD
Listen to the author perform Prelude and Fugue Number 9 in E major from Book I of the “Well Tempered Klavier” by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Note: Dr. Davidoff is also Editor Emeritus of Annals of Internal Medicine.
Acknowledgment: Anne Kan, Kathleen Kan, and Molly Cooke contributed important comments on an earlier draft of this paper.
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Davidoff F. Music Lessons: What Musicians Can Teach Doctors (and Other Health Professionals). Ann Intern Med. 2011;154:426-429. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-154-6-201103150-00009
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2011;154(6):426-429.
Medicine is a learned profession, but clinical practice is above all a matter of performance, in the best and deepest sense of the word. Because music is, at its core, a pure distillate of real-time performance, musicians are in an excellent position to teach us about better ways to become and remain expert performers in health care and ways for our teachers and mentors to help us do that. Ten features of the professionalization of musicians offer us lessons on how the clinical practice of medicine might be learned, taught, and performed more effectively.
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