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Booklist – July 1, 2016
Schulman was a fiftysomething guitarist when, on the night of July
16, 2009, he almost died after complications following pancreatic
surgery for what was initially thought to be a malignant mass. After
he was put in a medically induced coma, no one expected him to
survive. But he did. Some even called him a medical miracle. But 12
days in the hospital took its toll. The slightest movement of his
fingers “took a huge effort,” yet, miraculously, he could still play
the guitar, although he could only remember six pieces of music—all
learned before he was 20. Everything else had to be rememorized.
Today, he is a resident musician in the surgical intensive-care unit
at Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital in New York City, where he
almost lost his life. Now he plays his guitar—Bach and the Beatles
being among his favorites—at the bedsides of critically ill
patients, referring to himself as a “medical musician.” Schulman
offers deeply moving testament to resiliency, perseverance, and
growing recognition of the genuine healing power of music. — June
Kirkus – May, 14, 2016
“[A] heartfelt chronicle of unorthodox medicine… An inspirational
testament to the limitless benefits of music and its role in
palliative health care.”