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The Bibliography of Performing Arts Medicine. A 10-Year Retrospective Review (Part II)

William J. Dawson
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 22 Number 4: Page 153 (December 2007)

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Abstract: This is the second consecutive 5-year review of the performing arts medicine bibliography, emphasizing articles published from 2002 through 2006. It combines with an earlier 5-year review, published in 2003 and covering 1997 to 2001, to review the last 10 years¿ literature in performing arts medicine. From a total of 8,412 references dating back more than 200 years, 2,030 were found in the study period. Nearly 85% of these were written in English, with French and German language articles comprising more than 87% of the rest. Within the study group, there were 1,438 music medicine references (70.8%) and 458 for dance medicine (22.6%). Scientific journals and books were the source of more than 62% of all articles, with five performing arts medicine journals accounting for more than 40% of these. However, pertinent references were found in 381 different periodicals, as well as in a variety of textbooks. Of all arts-related periodicals, those pertaining to voice and dance were most likely to contain health-related articles. Variations in the total number of references, sources of references, and frequency of specific topics occurred from year to year, and from the first study period to the second. These often can be attributed to publication of journals containing multiple abstracts from a meeting or journals with papers on a single topic¿often derived from one symposium. Based on a comparison of the two 5-year reporting periods, 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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