16. Arts Medicine: An Overview for Emergency Physicians

  1. Michael I. Greenberg MD, MPH, FAAEM, FACPM, FACOEM
  1. Robert T. Sataloff MD, DMA, FACS and
  2. Mary J. Hawkshaw BSN, RN, CORLN

Published Online: 18 FEB 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444329629.ch16

Occupational Emergency Medicine

Occupational Emergency Medicine

How to Cite

Sataloff, R. T. and Hawkshaw, M. J. (2011) Arts Medicine: An Overview for Emergency Physicians, in Occupational Emergency Medicine (ed M. I. Greenberg), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444329629.ch16

Editor Information

  1. Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

  1. Modified in part from: Sataloff RT. Professional Voice: The Science and Art of Clinical Care, 3rd ed San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing; 2005 and Sataloff RT, Brandfonbrener AG, Lederman RJ, eds. Performing Arts Medicine, 2nd ed San Diego, CA: Singular Publishing Group; 1998; with permission.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 FEB 2011
  2. Published Print: 11 FEB 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405180719

Online ISBN: 9781444329629



  • arts medicine;
  • performance arts medicine;
  • musicians;
  • respiratory tract diseases;
  • hand injuries;
  • psychology


Arts medicine has evolved into a medical specialty primarily since the late 1970s and early 1980s. Arts medicine has exerted an impact not only through improvements in medical care but also by heightening awareness of health hazards in the arts and by improving artistic training and practice. Emergency physicians should be familiar with the state-of-the-art and current standards of care in various disciplines of arts medicine. Such familiarity is important to help emergency physicians recognize the importance of complaints that might seem “minor” in the grand scheme of emergency medicine but that require prompt, accurate diagnosis and knowledgeable management in order to avoid preventable long-term impairments and disabilities.