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Braccio da Gamba

Elias Schwartz, MD; Bong S. Lee, MD
JAMA. 1991;266(10):1360. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470100052025.
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To the Editor.  —A variety of injuries may complicate the professional pursuit of music making.1,2 Amateur musicians are not immune from medical complications of their avocation. The growing early-music movement has won many devotees, and numerous workshops now offer an opportunity for amateurs to work intensively for a week or longer in pursuit of their art. The following case history provides an example of the medical complications that may ensue from this involvement.

Report of a Case.  —A 54-year-old physician, devoted to the recreation of Renaissance and baroque music on the viola da gamba for more than a decade, attended an early music workshop for a week. His complete immersion in the workshop resulted in playing and practicing for 6 to 8 hours a day for 7 days, rather than his customary 2 hours a week. A feeling of strain in the muscles in the left forearm became apparent


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