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Music, Medical Science and the Body

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 August 2020


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1 See Pesic, Peter, ‘Music, Mechanism, and the “Sonic Turn” in Physical Diagnois’, Journal of the History of Medicine and the Allied Sciences 71 (2016): 144–72CrossRefGoogle Scholar.

2 For a recent study of the relationship between music, the body and medicine throughout history, see Kennaway, James, ‘Music and the Body in the History of Medicine’, in The Oxford Handbook of Music and the Body, ed. Kim, Youn and L., Sander Gilman (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019): 333–48Google Scholar.

3 See for example Knittel, K.M., ‘Wagner, Deafness, and the Reception of Beethoven's Late Style’, Journal of the American Musicological Society 51 (1998): 4982CrossRefGoogle Scholar, which discusses how Beethoven's physical impairment was mapped directly on to the reception of the sonic world of his late compositions.

4 Schopenhauer, Arthur, The World As Will and Representation, trans. Payne, E.F.J. (New York: Dover, 1969): vol 1, 261; see Philip Alperson, ‘Schopenhauer and Musical Revelation’, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 40 (1981): 155–66Google Scholar.

5 Comte, Auguste, A General View of Positivism, trans. Bridges, J.H. (New York: Speller, 1957)Google Scholar; see Heilbron, Johan, ‘Auguste Comte and the Second Scientific Revolution’, in The Anthem Companion to Auguste Comte, ed. Werknick, Andrew (London: Anthem, 2017): 23–42Google Scholar.