Every once in a while an opportunity comes along that pulls the many threads of a life together. This week, this tour, has done that more frequently, more completely, and to a greater extent than any of us could have anticipated.
While we knew that it would be exciting to combine music and medicine beyond the theoretical to the practical with the delivery of musical performances and medical lectures, the tour has gone beyond all expectations.
In five short days, Longwood Symphony members visited , shared clinical and scientific knowledge or met with people in
-St. Bartholomew’s Hospital
-Marie Curie Research Institute (MCRI)
-Eden Hall Marie Curie Hospice
-Royal National Orthopedic Hospital
-Weatherall Institute for Molecular Medicine,
-Arthur Rank Hospice,
-British Association of Performing Arts Medicine
-St. Christopher’s Hospice
-National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence
-Macmillan Cancer Trust
Each day, a different member returned to excitedly report about a new meaningful medical or scientific connection made at these opportunities
-LSO trumpet Dr. Len Zon and cellist Dr. Heidi Greulich discovered the complementary research and therapeutic threads in each other’s work: they plan to develop new collaborations at
-Violinist Jennifer Chang, 7th year Harvard Medical School M.D. –Ph.D. student found that researchers at the MCRI are doing similar work in genetics as she is doing in her lab and were familiar with the work of her advisor.
-Cellist Nancy Chane, RN, works with Partners HomeCare in Boston, and has been doing intensive research through the week on the similarities and differences between the hospice movement in the
-Dr. Mark Gebhardt, clarinetist and orthopedist, in his lecture, described the treatment options for children with bone cancer. The next day, he met with colleagues at the
-Even at a performance: at our Bishopsgate Institute concert, violinist Dr. Anna Legedza, a biostatistician at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, met Dr. Alastair Fletcher, a fellow statistician from the
And of course there was the music. Jonathan McPhee’s repertoire truly represented a bridge across the
The tour was a demonstration of Music as healing, Music as a means of communication when there are no words left, and Music as a gift. It was also a demonstration of Medicine as healing, Medicine as a means of communication, and Medicine as a gift. Truly a bridging of our two disciplines, across the
Lisa M. Wong, M.D.