The Singer's Guide to Complete Health

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Anthony F. Jahn, MD, internationally acclaimed otolaryngologist and Director of Medical Services at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, offers a comprehensive guidebook on a wide range of health and disorders that affect the voice. A vital tool for singers, voice teachers, and choral directors, The Singer's Guide to Complete Health empowers vocal performers to take charge of their own minds and bodies, providing advice about a variety of health issues that affect professional well-being as well as remedies to the...

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Overview

Anthony F. Jahn, MD, internationally acclaimed otolaryngologist and Director of Medical Services at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, offers a comprehensive guidebook on a wide range of health and disorders that affect the voice. A vital tool for singers, voice teachers, and choral directors, The Singer's Guide to Complete Health empowers vocal performers to take charge of their own minds and bodies, providing advice about a variety of health issues that affect professional well-being as well as remedies to the most important and common health problems that singers face in their careers.

Dr. Jahn has invited a diverse group of health care specialists and music professionals to share their expertise and tips with singers and their teachers. The chapters cover a broad spectrum of topics, including not only vocal issues, but also general physical and psychological well-being, diet, and exercise, accompanied by easy-to-follow illustrations, diagrams and charts. Each chapter provides a clear explanation of an aspect of health of practical relevance to vocalists. The book enables singers to make informed decisions about their own health, and gives guidance on seeking appropriate professional help and self-remedies. It includes numerous suggestions on ways to prevent illness and maintain a healthy vocal lifestyle, not only with traditional methods such as diet, exercise, and Alexander technique, but also holistic approaches such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, and Chinese herbs.

A comprehensive blend of professional voice expertise and medical science, The Singer's Guide to Complete Health is an essential addition to bookshelves and medicine cabinets of both singers and those who care for them.

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Editorial Reviews

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"All singers should read [this book] with care...An indispensable book that I think doctors would also be wise to read." —Fred Plotkin, Opervore


"The numerous contributors represent diverse professionals with an interest in the vocal performer, all with credentials befitting their role in this comprehensive, well-written text. This is a book singers can refer to repeatedly as they experience a wide range of life and health events." -J. Edgar, Truman State, CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195374032
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 7/3/2013
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 786,917
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Jahn is a Board-certified otolaryngologist who practices in New York with a special focus on the care of professional voice patients. He has written and lectured widely on the care of singers. Dr. Jahn has had a 30-year association with the Metropolitan Opera as covering physician, has toured with the company, and is Medical Director at the Met. In addition to clinical care, Dr. Jahn has published numerous books and articles, and writes a monthly column in Classical Singer Magazine on health issues.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Fred Plotkin

1. Good Health and Singing: An Overview
Anthony F. Jahn, M. D.

2. The Vocal Apparatus: Structure and Function
Anthony F. Jahn, M.D.

3. Pulmonary Medicine for Singers
Len Horovitz, M.D.

4. Allergy Basics
Boyan Hadjiev, M.D.

5. Disorders of the Nose, Sinuses and Throat
Anthony F. Jahn, M.D

6. Hearing and Hearing Loss in Singers
Anthony Jahn M.D. Marshall Chasin, Au.D.

7. Hearing Conservation and Hearing Rehabilitation
Marshall Chasin, Au.D., David Goldfarb, M.D., Maris Appelbaum, Au.D.

8. Sleep: The Art and Science
Rebecca Scott, Ph.D.

9. Hormones and the Voice
Jean Abitbol, MD.

10. Pregnancy: A Singer's Primer
Anthony F. Jahn, MD

11. Nutrition and Weight Management
Sharon Zarabi RD, CDN, CPT

12. Little Black Dress, Part 1: Obesity and Bariatric Surgery for Singers
Mitchell S Roslin, MD

13. Little Black Dress, Part 2: A Singer's Perspective on Bariatric Surgery
Ory Brown

14. Skin Care for the Performing Artist
Karen H. Kim, MD, Phillip C. Song, MD

15. Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Techniques
Andrew Blitzer, MD, DDS

16. Anesthesia for Singers
Anthony F. Jahn, MD

17. Facial Plastic Surgery
Maurice M. Khosh, MD

18. Advances in Laryngeal Surgery for Singers
Steven M. Zeitels, MD, FACS

19. Home Remedies
Anthony F. Jahn, MD

20. Medications and the Voice
Youngnan Jenny Cho, MD

21. Exercise Programs
Annette Osher, MD, Richard A. Stein MD

22. Mental Health for Singers
David M. Sherman, MD

23. The Alexander Technique for Singers
Pedro de Alcantara

24. Eastern Philosophy: Practical Implications for the Singer
Steven K.H. Aung, M.D, OMD, PhD, FAAFP, CM

25. Meditation and Relaxation Techniques
Steven K.H. Aung, M.D, OMD, PhD, FAAFP, CM

26. Yoga for Singers
Judith E. Carman, DMA, RYT

27. Acupuncture for the Vocal Performer
Anthony F. Jahn M.D, Gertrude Kubiena MD

28. Chinese Herbal Remedies for Singers
Gertrude Kubiena, MD

29. Self-Screening for Vocal Injuries
Anat Keidar, MA, PhD, Nancy Kleemann, MA

30. Crossing Over Safely
Jackie Presti, MA, CCC-SLP

31. That "Somebody Done Somebody Wrong" Sound: Production, Diagnosis, Treatment
Tom Cleveland, MA, Ph.D.

32 Musical Theater I: The View from London: Pearls and Pitfalls for the Performer
Leontine Hass, BA, Dip RAM

33. Musical Theater II: The View from New York: Surviving Eight Shows a Week on Broadway
Joan Lader, MA

34. Perils of the Stage (and Backstage): An Insider's View
Anthony Laciura

35. Secrets of a Long Career
Marni Nixon

36. Coda: Personal Reflections on the Treatment of Singers
Anthony F. Jahn, MD

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