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The doctor-patient relationship in rock and roll music.

Authors
  • Lazarus, Arthur
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of medical practice management : MPM
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2006
Volume
22
Issue
3
Pages
162–165
Identifiers
PMID: 17260915
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

An analysis of rock songs in which physicians are central characters, combined with archival events and commentary from the singers and songwriters, sheds light on doctor-patient relationships as seen through popular culture. Rock and roll music attributes special psychological significance to physicians. Musicians project their personal problems through love songs and songs that deal with sex, drugs, and death. In rock songs, physicians frequently represent a cure for lovesickness. Rock musicians often die prematurely from self-inflicted behaviors, reaffirming the connection between their music and the medical profession.

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