It can cure backache. And asthma. And obesity, writer’s block, alcoholism, schizophrenia, prejudice, heart disease, drug addiction, headaches, and aids.
It makes bread rise better and improves the taste of beer.
It can even make you smarter—so smart that in Florida it’s now the law that all child–care facilities receiving state aid include at least half an hour of it every day.
The governors of both Tennessee and Georgia give new borns in their states examples of it along with cards reminding their parents of their tykes’ immunization needs.
At a community college in New York, administrators have set aside a room in their library for it. Across the nation, professional educators pelt school boards with demands for its inclusion in the curriculum.
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An Indiana obstetrician even markets a device that administers it in utero.
What is this philosopher’s stone that can so dramatically change the world?
It’s music. Or better, Mozart’s music, or so says Don Campbell in his best–selling The Mozart Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind, and Unlock the Creative Spirit (Avon Books, 1997).