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Desiree Ho

…………where music and medicine meet

Music lovers are often fascinated by the medical problems of great musicians.  The idea, that these great individuals who gave life so much beauty could suffer and die from ordinary illnesses like us mortals, particularly diseases that are now easily treatable, is fascinating.   Dr C.Y. Huang 黄震遐, a neurologist, wrote a wonderful book in Chinese, 醫說樂韻 , exploring the medical problems of famous musicians.  With his kind permission, Desiree will translate excerpts from the book.

Dr Huang Chen Ya

Huang Chen Ya, specialist doctor in neurology, was educated at Sydney University, Hong Kong University and Singapore National University.  He is a Fellow in the Colleges of Internal Medicine of Australia and Hong Kong.  He taught at Sydney University and Hong Kong University.  He was a consultant for WHO Neurology, president of the Hong Kong Neurology Society, Hong Kong Society for the study of strokes.  He is the treasurer of the Asia Pacific Society for the study of strokes and president of the Hong Kong Foundation of Neurology.  His current interest is on how the nervous system processes Chinese language input and learning issues.


Desiree grew up in Hong Kong. She enjoys musical theatre and dance. Her experience includes writing synopses, reviews, and editing scripts in English and Chinese for a film company.

Contributed Posts
Jun 27, 2013 The Frailty of a Genius: Frederic Chopin
May 6, 2013 Souls Without Music
The Condition of Congenital Amusia
Apr 10, 2013 The Reversed Musicians
Feb 13, 2013 A Life Misunderstood
Oct 23, 2012 The Lucky Agonies
May 25, 2012 Jacqueline Mary du Pré
Apr 25, 2012 The Curse of the Ninth
Mar 23, 2012 An Unstoppable Talent
Feb 24, 2012 Nature, Nurture and Playing Music to Cows
Jan 24, 2012 Music and Language