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...
  • The Quiet Fight: Master Corporal Paul Franklin

    November 6, 2007 by Natalie Salat
    ILLUSTRATION: SHARIF TARABAY Master Corporal Paul Franklin. “I get rock star parking.” As Master Corporal Paul Franklin pulls into the parking lot of Earls Restaurant in downtown Edmonton on a humid July day, he brings his Mini Cooper to a stop in one of the...
  • Ste-Anne’s Hospital Develops Clinic For Pain

    September 1, 2007 by Natalie Salat
    PHOTO: NATALIE SALAT Monique Allard and Dr. Serge Gingras at Ste-Anne’s Hospital. Veterans often have to cope with mental as well as physical pain, but until recently these two types of injury have been treated separately. The new pain management clinic run by Veterans Affairs...
  • Patient, Be Wary

    September 1, 2007 by Natalie Salat
    ILLUSTRATION: LUKE KNIGHT When Anne Lyddiatt went into hospital for major surgery a few months ago, she went with her eyes wide open–and with a perspective that relatively few patients have: “I have a nursing background, but I don’t disclose that.” She has also been...
  • Searching Out Longevity

    July 1, 2007 by Natalie Salat
    ILLUSTRATION: Anne Horst/www.i2iart.com “I don’t have a secret. I’m just lucky.” World War II veteran Thyra Read offers a quick response when asked how she manages to stay so young. The former nursing sister may be just 11 years shy of her 100th birthday, but...
  • Our Master Cells

    May 1, 2007 by Natalie Salat
    ILLUSTRATION: ELENA PANKOVA; PHOTO: NATALIE SALAT The Sprott Centre uses a range of high-tech lab equipment (inset). The fact that Jennifer Molson can now motor around Ottawa in a stick-shift car is something of a wonder–not because it’s a complex task, but because Molson was...
  • A Prescription For Change

    March 1, 2007 by Natalie Salat
    ILLUSTRATION: SCOTT PAGE In a country that spends $25 billion on drugs every year, it’s no wonder Canadians are getting to know their pharmacists pretty well. They may also notice that, these days, pharmacists are doing a lot more than “count, pour, lick and stick”;...
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