Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 179–187 | Cite as

Code Blue: The Blues as Medicine

  • W. Randolph Purdy


“The blues” is a form of music that lends itself to the study of human suffering. This manuscript explores the basic features and background of “the blues” as a musical tool, or archetype, for (1) understanding the universal condition of human suffering, (2) for confronting diseases of disability and separation and (3) for coping or adapting to such suffering. “The blues” is offered as a method for looking at the spirit of human tragedy and as a way for potentially allowing a triumphant quest.


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Randolph Purdy
    • 1
  1. 1.Ohio University College of Osteopathic MedicineAthensUSA

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