August 1955

The Voice of Neurosis.

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By Paul J. Moses, M.D. Price, $4. Pp. 125. Grune & Stratton, Inc., 381 4th Ave., New York, 1954.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;90(2):248. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.04030010250023

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The relationship between vocal abnormalities and emotional disturbances has been recognized for many years. But, as the author of this particular work points out in his introduction, the training of the psychiatrist does not include analysis of the voice, nor does the training of the laryngologist provide sufficient background for his understanding of emotional problems. Since Dr. Moses represents one of the rare individuals whose qualifications apparently include considerable experience in both fields, this monograph warrants careful study.

A plea is made for the development of acoustic examination of the human voice as a scientific process. This ability to perceive the human voice correctly and to interpret it properly is spoken of as "creative hearing." Among other chapters of this work are those on the ontogenesis of the voice, on acoustic dimensions of voice (respiration, range, registers, resonance, and rhythm), other dimensions (melody, intensity, speed, accents, emphasis) and further significant

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