Doctoring the Boston Symphony’s touring musicians

Posted on: August 11, 2016

“If any member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra becomes injured or ill while performing overseas, there is no need to look far for medical attention,” writes Cindy Cantrell in Friday’s (8/5) Boston Globe (subscription required). “As their physician on international tours, Dr. Robert Partridge … on the medical faculty of Brown University and an emergency department physician at Emerson Hospital in Concord, has accompanied the orchestra on two-week trips through Asia in 2014, Europe in 2015, and Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg this past May…. Partridge said, ‘I scope out a plan B in every city, in case there’s a problem I can’t take care of on my own. Fortunately, that hasn’t happened yet.’ Partridge … most commonly evaluates headaches, repetitive motion injuries, and hand maladies such as cracked, bleeding calluses. On call around the clock, Partridge also treats upper respiratory infections, fevers, and gastrointestinal illnesses in all ages, since many musicians travel with their families. ‘We’re like a small town with a population of about 200 people,’ he said.… ‘It’s a great group to be part of,’ he said, ‘and an honor to help them do what they do.’ ”

Posted August 11, 2016