Monday, December 23, 2013

George Gershwin, possible ADHD sufferer, a 'life saved by music'

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports:
Hyperactive and behaviorally challenged, George Gershwin probably had some form of attention deficit disorder. He grew up in a music-starved environment. His family moved 28 times before he turned 17. And somehow Gershwin fell in love with music and was able to convert the sounds of a train he took from New York to Boston into one of the most beloved symphonies of all time, Rhapsody in Blue.

These are some of the points made by Richard Kogan, 58, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and artistic director of the Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Program. He gave a recent talk at Temple University on "Music and Medicine: The Art of George Gershwin."

One interesting article.