Scales to Scalpels by Lisa Wong
Doctors Who Practice the Healing Arts of Music and Medicine

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The incredible story of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra that reveals the remarkable interplay between music and medicine 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 Scales to Scalpels, 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?
 

About Lisa Wong

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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.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Pegasus Books. 384 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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With the assistance of playbill.com founder Viagas (I'm the Greatest Star: Broadway's Top Musical Legends from 1900 to Today, 2009, etc.), Wong sums up her experiences as president of Boston's Longwood Symphony Orchestra.

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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, a...

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