I've just spent a refreshing and restoring weekend in the Berkshires. My talk on Thursday, July 19 at the First Congregational Church in Stockbridge drew 35 people, some of whom were medical professionals, others who were musicians or artists. My reflections on medical musicians and the role of music in healing alternated with movements from Bach's Goldberg Variations which were movingly and beautifully performed by Andy Jennings, Matt Dane and Norman Fischer.
I shared stories and thoughts of Dr. Albert Schweitzer.
Start early to instill in your students awareness that they are on this earth to help and serve others--that is as important to pass on to them as knowledge
Following the presentation, I had the opportunity to meet colleagues from the Berkshires, including Dr. Deborah Buccino, a clarinetist/pediatrician who played with the Longwood Symphony during her pediatric training in Boston, and Dr. David Elpern, whose thought-provoking blog is invites the reader to consider the role of the arts and humanities in medicine.
Thanks to Suburban Internal Medicine of Lee for sponsoring the event, First Congregational Church of Stockbridge for hosting, and my deep gratitude to David Anderegg and Kelley DeLorenzo for organizing the event.