The Friday December 16, 2011 broadcast of Science Friday with Ira Flatow is a rare opportunity to hear experts in the field discuss the brilliant applications of music therapy happening in medical treatment right now. More and more hospitals and clinics now offer music therapy as a supplementary treatment for everything from anxiety to Alzheimer’s, but its efficacy varies for different conditions.
Neurologist Oliver Sacks, M.D. of Columbia University Medical Center, New York, author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, Awakenings, a noted researcher and author of numerous academic works;
Concetta Tomaino of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function at Beth Abraham Family of Health Services in the Bronx, NY, groundbreaking and internationally recognized programs use music therapy to assist the "awakening and healing" of individuals with a wide range of neurological conditions including strokes, trauma, dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.
Joke Bradt, Associate Professor, Creative Arts Therapies Dept at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA,
Andrew Rossetti, Radiation Oncology Louis Armstrong Center for Music & Medicine. Beth Israel Medical Center