Music soothes the injured brain

In treating Canadian soldiers returning from the First World War with psychological wounds, British musician Margaret Anderton discovered music does indeed have “charms to soothe the savage breast.” “Wood instruments,” she observed, “are particularly potent for a certain kind of war-neurosis because of their penetrating, sustained tone.” Anderton went on to teach the first...
  • . ILLUSTRATION: STEPHEN SNIDER Second World War veteran Phil Bradbury, 85, of Toronto was surprised to learn that in civilian life he’d been missing in action for a couple of decades. Veterans Affairs Canada has been looking for veterans like Bradbury who qualify for, but...
  • Veterans Independence Program: Access Denied

    November 8, 2008 by Sharon Adams
    “It’s an insult,” says Gerry Pumphrey of the RCMP Veterans Association in Nova Scotia, who’s worked on the issue for more than five years. “I’m disgusted. It’s always ‘next spring, next fall.’ And the thing is, there are people dying who need this help.” There...
  • The Veterans Independence Program (VIP) has changed a lot since its introduction in 1981—and The Royal Canadian Legion has been there every step of the way. The program was implemented to help Veterans Affairs Canada handle a looming crisis in availability of long-term care beds...
  • Doctors In The Ranks

    October 24, 2008 by Sharon Adams
    Lieut. Iain Beck of Ottawa, a doctor on deployment in Afghanistan, gives medicine to a child. PHOTO: CPL. ROBIN MUGRIDGE, TASK FORCE AFGHANISTAN, ROTO 1 IMAGERY TECHNICIAN Why would a well-respected surgeon from a prestigious Canadian university decide, in his early 50s, to enlist in...
  • Battle-Tested Medicine

    July 28, 2008 by Sharon Adams
    Wounded Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan await helicopter evacuation. PHOTO: CPL. ROBIN MUGRIDGE Dr. Allan Hawryluk was dreading the difficult hours ahead—his patient was on blood thinners, and bleeding uncontrollably following a tooth extraction. The Mississauga dentist knew it could be hours before the bleeding was...
  • Thinking Bionics

    May 27, 2008 by Sharon Adams
    Left: Wildfire ranger Robert Anderson. Right: Jesse Sullivan demonstrates a prototype prosthetic. PHOTOS: ROBERT ANDERSON; REHABILITATION INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO Robert Anderson dreams of the day he can once again look at a pencil and pick it up with his left hand, something he has not...
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