This is an excerpt from a guest lecture I gave at a major University in the South. People around the world are realizing the benefits that music for the patient during surgery can offer. Reduced amounts of anesthesia and pain medication can greatly speed up recovery time and make the entire procedure safer as a result of less anesthesia. Especially for older adults, frail adults and all children, the less anesthesia your body has to have the better! Of course the patient will be receiving enough that there is no pain or awareness of the procedure. To learn more about the use of music headphones, click on this link.
Music during surgery: Why???
About the Author: DrAlice
Dr. Alice Cash is one of the world’s few clinical musicologists. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, she brings to her work over 40 years of professional experience as a college professor, clinical therapist, solo and chamber music performer and composer. Since 1990, Dr. Cash has been in the field of Music Medicine and conducted clinical research at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, under the guidance of Dr. Joel Elkes, Dr. Leah Dickstein, and Dr. Rif El-Mallakh. Her clinical work at the University of Louisville lead to her career in music medicine. In addition to her work with the University of Louisville, Dr. Cash lead the development of using music a hospital setting at Baptist East Hospital, Louisvile, KY. She has founded 3 companies: Healing Music Enterprises, Surgical Serenity Solutions and Crescent Hill Counseling.