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June 1952


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School, and the Department of Otolaryngology, The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1952;55(6):671-688. doi:10.1001/archotol.1952.00710010686004

WILHELM KONRAD VON RÖNTGEN published his epochal paper, Eine neue Art von Strahlen, in December, 1895. Within a few months the knowledge of his rays had spread with incredible rapidity; many investigators started application of them to their special realms.

The apostle for rhinolaryngology in general, and for phonetics in particular, was Max Scheier in Berlin. The interval of only a year and a half from the discovery of the rays was needed by Scheier before he announced, on June 10, 1897, a lecture at a congress for internal medicine in Frankfurt am Main entitled, "The Application of X-Ray in the Physiology of the Voice and the Speech." This paper probably must be considered as the first on the topic in question.

Scheier's presentation reflected by no means a "fleeting purpose," as he followed it in the same and the next year by papers given in Brunswick and in Berlin,

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