ABSTRACT

That music itself may be a medicinal agent is not a new sentiment. Music and medicine have been inextricably linked as twinned arts since ancient times and the echoes of this are seen in the modern professions of music therapy and healthcare play specialism. Stories and case studies emerge from the shadows of the past and from the dark labyrinths of medical history of music being used as a prescriptive adjunct to healthcare, as a form of therapy and as a means of engaging people who might otherwise have struggled to integrate themselves into health and social services. The universal and ageless entity of music decorates the research pages of healthcare and healthcare play specialism and enriches medical experiences contributing to a deeper sense of health and wellbeing across the lifespan.