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By James Kennaway

Music has been used as a therapy for sickness given that way back to King David's lyre, however the thought that it'd be a major reason behind psychological and actual disorder used to be infrequent until eventually the past due eighteenth century. at the moment, physicians began to argue that over the top song, or the inaccurate type of track, may perhaps over-stimulate a weak fearful approach, resulting in sickness, immorality or even loss of life. seeing that then there were successive waves of ethical panics approximately meant epidemics of musical anxiousness, as a result of every little thing from Wagner to jazz and rock 'n' roll. It used to be this scientific and significant debate that supplied the psychiatric rhetoric of "degenerate song" that was once the explanation for the persecution of musicians in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. through the Fifties, the point of interest of scientific nervousness approximately track shifted to the concept that "musical brainwashing" and "subliminal messages" may pressure the nerves and bring about brain keep watch over, psychological sickness and suicide. extra lately, the superiority of sonic guns and using tune in torture within the so-called warfare on Terror have either made the topic of tune that's undesirable for the health and wellbeing worryingly topical.

This ebook outlines and explains the advance of this concept of pathological song from the Enlightenment until eventually the current day, offering an unique contribution to the heritage of medication, song and the body.

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