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November 1957

The Question of the Origin of the Vibrations of the Vocal CordsA Clinical Contribution

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1957;66(5):512-516. doi:10.1001/archotol.1957.03830290018003

In the last few years R. Husson has spent a tremendous effort and has shown great mental audacity in his attempt to correct the theory of the nature of the vibrations of the vocal cords. Before Husson stepped into the arena it was almost the general opinion that the vibrations of the vocal cords are initiated by the stream of air, and that the swinging back is due to the elasticity of the cords. Tonndorf1,2 taught that the vocal cords, moved up and outwards by the air, are sucked back by the attenuated air, the attenuation resulting from the stream of air that has been used for the upward and outward movements of the cords. The function of the recurrent nerve was considered to consist of innervating the muscles that open and close the glottis. The cranial branch of the pneumogastric nerve, according to this theory, innervated the cricothyroid

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