In today's Commonhealth segment, we explore one physician's desire to heal and educate--through song.
Dr. Mache Seibel has been playing music since he was a kid but started using his skills in the medical world during his residency in the late 1970s. "I was actually using songs to teach the medical students how to do operations. I would put the atlas up from the surgical book and then play the song for it."
A few years ago, Seibel ran into one of those former students. The now-surgeon told him "I sit down to do some of those operations and that darn song keeps popping into my head!"
That's Seibel's entire point--we can recall information more readily when it's translated into a tune. The message remains embedded in a deeper and more profound way--even if the content of the song seems at first like simple entertainment. So whether it's preventative medicine, nutrition, or even sensitive topics involving sexuality and STIs, Seibel believes his guitar can make a difference.
- Commonhealth: One Doctor's Quest To Change Medicine Through Song
This program aired on February 7, 2012.