Could older adults experience measurable health benefits from a group rendition of “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning”?

Eighty-some members of the World Doctors Orchestra played a benefit concert June 6 at Harborview Medical Center. Dozens of patients, family members and hospital staff attended. 

In June, doctors from around the world will gather in Seattle for no good medical reason.

Several of Beethoven’s most painfully moving compositions contain abrupt beat changes and sudden key shifts that resemble cardiac distress.  They sound like a heart that can’t keep up its dull but reassuringly steady lub-dub.

[Editor's note: Guy Maddison and his family have relocated and he no longer works at Harborview Medical Center.]

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