An Interactive Annotated World Bibliography of Printed and Digital Works in the History of Medicine and the Life Sciences from Circa 2000 BCE to 2022 by Fielding H. Garrison (1870-1935), Leslie T. Morton (1907-2004), and Jeremy M. Norman (1945- ) Traditionally Known as “Garrison-Morton”

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BROWNE, Richard

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Medicina musica: Or, a mechanical essay on the effects of singing, musick, and dancing, on human bodies. Revis'd and corrected. To which is annex'd a new essay on the nature and cure of the spleen and vapours.

London: John Cooke, 1729.

A very early book on music therapy. Among other things Browne was aware of the effect of music upon mood, and recognized that music could lift depression. OCLC states "Originally published anonymously in 1727 under title: A mechanical essay on singing, musick and dancing." See Alicia Clair Gibbons and George N. Heller, "Music Therapy in Handel's England: Browne's Medicina Musica (1729)," College Music Symposium, 25 (1985) 59-72.

Digital facsimile from Google Books at this link.



Subjects: Music and Medicine