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January 13, 1923

REPORT OF A CASE OF FUNCTIONAL APHONIA, CURED UNDER GENERAL ANESTHETIC

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Warsaw, Ind.

JAMA. 1923;80(2):104. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.26430290004010e

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Abstract

Mrs. M. T., aged 51, whose nervous system has been below par since her husband committed suicide, a year and a half ago, in January, 1922, contracted influenza. Prior to February 1, she enjoyed the full use of her voice, but that morning she found that she could not talk above a whisper. She ascribed the condition to the influenza. A number of chiropractic treatments were taken, but the voice remained a whisper. For the relief of this condition, she reported, Oct. 30, 1922. The loss of the voice had then persisted continuously for nine months.

Examination of the larynx revealed a slight redness of the posterior fourth of the left vocal cord. There was no paralysis of either cord. Examination revealed that the heart, lungs and kidneys were negative; the Wassermann reaction was negative, and there was no aortic aneurysm or goiter. A diagnosis was made of functional aphonia,

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