How an impaired doctor found solace with a guitar

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One of my favourite lines from the 1980s comedy The Young Ones is “Only music can save us now”, as uttered by the smarmy Rick when faced with a vampire: (cut to the Damned who somehow appear in the living room to perform Nasty).

It may be a nonsense show but the idea of music being a last resort has some merit, particularly when it comes to mental health and cognitive function.

The military has long recognised that music is “good for morale” when in a tight spot, that’s

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