Other Notable Topics

Dawson, WJ. “Problems of Aging (The Mature Musician)- Arts Medicine for the Double Reed Player.” International Double Reed Society Journal 21 (July 1993): 89-91.

Musician’s careers can last decades but mental and physical challenges may develop as tears progress. Vision and hearing loss problems are explained by Dawson, as well as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, degenerative tendinitis, and Dupuytren’s contracture. He also shares word of hope and wellness management options.

Dawson, William, and Henry L. Wildberger. “Ask the Doctor: Chemotherapy and the Double Reed Musician.” The Double Reed 27, no.2 (2004): 94-96.

Doctors Dawson and Wildberger deliver information regarding cancer and its’ effect on musicians. Medications (antimetabolites, DNA alkylating agents, antibiotics, anti-tumor agents and endocrine agents) and the side effects that directly affect wind musicians are apprised.

Guptill, Christine A. “Survivors on the Edge: The Lived Experience of Professional Musicians with Playing-Related Injuries.” PhD diss., The University of Western Ontario, 2010. (Verified 3/7/2015, HBLL ILL.)

Guptill conducted in-depth interviews with ten professional musicians who have experienced playing-related injuries. The thesis addresses the insufficient healthcare coverage for musicians and the challenges of navigating the healthcare system. A large focus also on phenomenology in understanding the lived experience of injured musicians.

Rogers, James Frederick. “The Health of Musicians” The Musical Quarterly 12 (October 1926): 614-22.

A historical piece from 1926 theorizing the health and longevity of musicians including a survey of age by instruments. An entertaining portion is on the effects of air pressure and the sanity of an oboist. Rogers also discusses the “air-sacs of the lungs”, lung-pressure, and wind-instrumentalists likeliness to contract a variety of diseases.

Shulman, Ivan A. “On the Road with the Los Angeles Philharmonic: Rigors of the Musical Career.” In The Biology of Music Making: Proceedings of the 1984 Denver Conference, edited by Franz L. Roehmann and Frank R. Wilson, 26-31. St. Louis, Missouri. The Biology of Making Inc, 1988.

A unique view into the health of a travelling musician by a tour physician for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Schulman documented the effects of a rigorous tour on the orchestra musicians and trends he observed in their health. He includes his standard recommendations for each musician to include in their personal first aid kits.

Silverman, P. and R. Howe. “Aids and the Oboist.” The Double Reed 9, no. 2 (1986): 32-34.

Acquired Immunodifficiency Syndrome is explained in regards to it’s function, symptoms, means of transmission, and risk of exposure. HTV is rare in saliva and most often needs to be transmitted directly into the bloodstream for AIDS to develop. The virus can be killed by a variety of cleaning agents, including: lysols, alcohol, bleach, peroxide, many soaps, heat and iodine. To avoid the possibility of transmission by reed, steps of precaution are offered: avoid blood or sexual contact with infected musicians and disinfect other’s reeds with peroxide, alcohol or whiskey before using them.

Skolnick, Rochelle G. “Legal Protections for Ill or Injured Musicians: The Basics of the ADA and FMLA.” International Musician 112 (August 2014): 14-15.

Skolnick focuses on the two federal statutes, Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act and their applications for members of symphony orchestras. She compares ADA and FMLA coverage, recommends when it is best to utilize, or not utilize both, and provides resources for further research.