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The bibliography of performing arts medicine: a five year retrospective review

William J. Dawson
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 18 Number 1: Page 27 (March 2003)

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Abstract: The author reviewed the bibliography of performing arts medicine, from the beginnings of the specialty in the early 1980s to the present. Emphasis was placed on articles published in the last five full years reviewed (1997-2001). From a total of 5,550 references dating back more than 200 years, 1,366 were found in the 1997-2001 period. Nearly 82% were written in English, with French- and German-language articles comprising more than 90% of the rest. Within the study group, there were 972 music medicine references (71.2%) and 301 for dance medicine (22.0%). Scientific journals and books were the source of more than 70% of all articles found, with four performing arts medicine journals accounting for more than half of these. However, pertinent references were found in 279 different periodicals, as well as in a variety of textbooks. Of all arts-related periodicals, those pertaining to voice were most likely to contain health-related articles. Variations from year to year in total number of references, sources of references, and frequency of specific topics could be attributed to publication of texts with multiple chapter authors, journals containing multiple abstracts from a meeting, or journals with papers on a single topic derived from one symposium. It is expected that these statistics will continue to vary as new entries are added in future years. The data from this investigation should be useful to both researchers and clinicians in performing arts medicine, regarding both the sources of pertinent information and the authors and topics currently being published.

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