Students test the medicinal powers of music

MORE THAN 200 years after John A Logan, the US political leader, said that “music is the medicine of the mind”, medical students at NUI Galway are putting that theory to the test.

The university’s medical orchestra is due to play its first public performance tonight, opening the Arts in Action concert which is headlined by renowned traditional wizard accordionist Mairtín O’Connor and his five-piece band.

The 25-piece orchestra was brought together by singer Mary McPartlan and Carl Hession, a music teacher at Coláiste Iognáid, a local secondary school. McPartlan is the creative director of NUI Galway’s medicine and arts module, which introduces medical students to a term-long programme of structured engagement with performance, the visual arts and literature.

NUIG senior lecturer in clinical medicine and medical education, Dr Gerard Flaherty, is chairman of the medical school’s new arts committee. He says he believes that patients benefit greatly from listening to music as they try to cope with and recover from illness. (Times) >>>


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