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Music for the injured soldier: a contribution of American women's military bands during World War II.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17645389     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study is an investigation of the contributions of women's military bands in the United States to the reconditioning of the injured American troops during World War II. Primary and secondary sources revealed that these bands welcomed home hospital ships, performed for convalescing soldiers in hospitals, and provided music for hospital dances. While each of the bands investigated served in similar capacities, only one, the 403rd Women's Army Corps (WAC) Band, was stationed at a hospital. While entertainment by women's bands was an important part of the Army Reconditioning Program for the injured, the study also revealed a working partnership that developed between these musicians and the medical community. Sixty years after the war, band members believe their performances in hospitals were the most important contribution of their service. Some historians have concluded that music used in military hospitals during the war was the impetus for the music therapy profession.
Jill M Sullivan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article; Portraits    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of music therapy     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0022-2917     ISO Abbreviation:  J Music Ther     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-07-24     Completed Date:  2008-02-26     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0014162     Medline TA:  J Music Ther     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  282-305     Citation Subset:  IM    
Arizona State University, Arizona, USA.
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MeSH Terms
History, 20th Century
Hospitals, Military / history*
Military Medicine / history
Military Personnel / history*
Music / history*
Music Therapy / history*
United States
Women / history*
World War II*

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