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April 6, 1912

THE CHORUS-GIRL'S VOCAL TROUBLES

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Clinical Professor of Laryngology, University of Pennsylvania PHILADELPHIA

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(14):990-992. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260040006002

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Abstract

It is but seldom that the chorus-girl is made the subject of anything but jest, the target of cheap and too often coarse wit, and anything in the way of serious and sympathetic consideration is rarely given her. When we are consulted by the great artists of the lyric world, those who have had every educational advantage and whose throats are jealously guarded against every injurious influence, we are apt to be prodigal of our professional skill and our personal solicitude. We spare ourselves neither time nor thought nor trouble that may prove of service to them, and yet when this humble member of the same profession, the poor, inglorious girl of the chorus, ventures to enter our waiting-rooms, there are some of us, I fear, who are inclined to treat her more as a worthless derelict than as one who is deserving of our scientific interest and our conscientious

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