AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 2, 2017

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Trembling Tenors: Choir Helps People with Parkinson's Disease Battle Destructive Effects to Muscles, Brain, Voice

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There are no spectators at a Mountain Tremors choir practice. There are only singers—loud singers who will call out the insecurely tone-deaf visitor who comes expecting to just sit and observe.

Of course, the purpose of this choir is to sit up straight, control breathing, follow the director’s instructions and sing with as much volume as the diaphragm will allow; singing on key is optional. Singing with gusto, you see, is literally keeping at bay the deleterious effects of Parkinson’s disease, an incurable neurological disease that, over time, erodes a person’s ability to move, speak, think and emote.

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