At the risk of getting the FDA involved, I wanted to point out a couple of recent articles about the health benefits of listening to music. Any kind of music, not just classical.
One study shows that listening to music can help stroke patients more quickly recover their memory and their ability to concentrate.
In another study, surgical patients who listened to music post-operatively spent less time in intensive care.
The doctor in the second study concludes, "The financial cost of utilizing music with ICU patients is relatively small compared to the potential economic benefits." Maybe classical radio stations can get in on health care reform somehow...
I am a firm believer in the healing power of music. I think that it should be incorporated into patient's treatment like physical or occuptaional therapy. Music is a very powerful thing that has the potential to heal many lives in many ways......