Illustration: Kieran Blakey

The Nuance

Music Can Get Us Through This

Why a good tune is so good at relieving stress, anxiety, sadness, and other negative emotional states

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6 min readSep 10, 2020


Surgical operations tend to be stressful experiences, and that stress can cause problems.

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Markham Heid

I’m a frequent contributor at TIME, the New York Times, and other media orgs. I write mostly about health and science. I like long walks and the Grateful Dead.