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Nature’s Laws of
Harmony in the
Microcosm of Music

Part 1   •   Part 2


Music as a Harmonic
Medical Data Carrier

The Special Status of the
Ear in the Organism

The Ear as a
Medical Instrument

The Significance of the
Soul to Medicine

The Significance of
our Consciousness
to Medicine

The Significance of the
Soul to Human Evolution

Scientists of Tuebingen discover the Brain Regions responsible for
Self Awareness

The Future of Pharmaceutics



Peter Hübner - Micro Music Laboratories
 Prof. Dr. med. Rosch / Prof. Dr. med. Koeditz  •  Music & Brain – Medical Perspective

Part 1

Music & Brain
Medical Perspective

Prof. Dr. med.
Horst Koeditz
“If I had my life to live over again,
I would have made it a rule
to ... listen to some music at least once every week;
for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied
would thus have been kept active through use.”

Charles Darwin
There is a wealth of literature on the health and healing effects of music, its influence on emotions, physiology, cognitive skills and other aspects and numerous approaches and theories have been proposed to explain these (1, 2).
The present discussion will emphasise on the contributions of the classical composer and musicologist Peter Hübner, because we are most familiar with his developments.
The ap­pli­ca­tion of mu­sic in medi­cine has been prac­tised in all high cul­tures. The most fa­mous rep­re­sen­ta­tive for this is the fa­ther of our sci­en­tific think­ing: the Greek scholar, phy­si­cian, mu­si­colo­gist, mathe­ma­ti­cian and phi­loso­pher Pythagoras (around 500 B.C.). He not only in­ves­ti­gated the close con­nec­tion of mu­sic to mathe­mat­ics but also ex­plored its rele­vance to pro­mot­ing health and heal­ing.

As the clas­si­cal com­poser Peter Hübner pointed out in his lec­tures at the Uni­ver­si­ties of Tel Aviv, Hei­del­berg and Mag­de­burg, Pythagoras as­sumed “that those same uni­ver­sal laws of har­mony which natu­rally gov­ern the mi­cro­cosm of mu­sic also de­ter­mine the har­mony of the natu­ral func­tions in the in­te­rior world of man him­self and, fur­ther­more, ac­cord with those laws of har­mony which di­rect the en­tire course of biological evolution“ (3).

Pythagoras`s in­sights were ex­plored fur­ther 1500 years later. The fa­mous scholar and phy­si­cian Avicenna took them up again and propa­gated them in the medi­cal world. Avicenna knew about the power of emo­tions on bod­ily func­tions and medi­cal mu­sic for him was a dis­ci­pline to re­store emo­tional bal­ance and thus to re­lieve psy­cho­so­matic dis­or­ders.
For Avicenna the art of heal­ing rested on three pil­lars: the treat­ment with mu­sic, the ap­pli­ca­tion of medi­cally ef­fec­tive sub­stances and on physio­thera­peu­tic treat­ments, in­clud­ing sur­gery (4)

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