Music Therapy: An Art Beyond WordsBMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6937.1175a (Published 30 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1175
- Anthony Storr
Leslie Bunt Routledge, pounds sterling 14.99, pp 213 ISBN 0-415-08703-1
Music therapy is both very old and very new. Five hundred years before Christ, the followers of Pythagoras developed a science of musical psychotherapy. A daily programme of songs and pieces for the lyre made them feel bright and energetic on rising, and another set of pieces relieved them of the cares of the day and prepared them for agreeable dreams when they retired to sleep.
Plato believed that musical training was a more potent instrument than any other, …