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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
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Oct 7, 2011 Franz Schubert’s Illness: The Melancholy of an Autumnal Sunset
Sep 14, 2011 The Power to Overcome: The Story of Ludwig van Beethoven and Bedřich Smetana
Jul 30, 2011 The One-Armed Swordsman
Paul Wittgenstein and Ravel’s Left Hand Piano Concerto
Jun 30, 2011 Love and Song
May 20, 2011 The Cup of Water that Took Away Tchaikovsky
Mar 25, 2011 I Sing, Therefore I Speak
Mar 11, 2011 How music affects our emotions
Feb 4, 2011 Why Were Opera Singers Fat?