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June 25, 1932

The Human Voice: Its Care and Development.

JAMA. 1932;98(26):2309. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730520051026

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Either directly or indirectly, many organic and psychologic factors, including disease, are capable of influencing the complicated and difficult function of artistic voice production, particularly singing. The author conceives that all these factors should be comprehended and information concerning them placed at the disposal of the vocalist and vocal trainer. The theme is both important and ambitious. In each of most of the forty-eight chapters, some disease or other organic or psychologic factor supposedly bearing on artistic voice production is discussed. For the most part the subjects treated refer to the air passages directly, for example, "laryngitis" and "nervous disorders of the pharynx"; but other chapters discuss more indirect subjects, such as "headache," "alcohol," "immunity from disease," and "goiter." Obviously the basis on which such discussions should rest is a clear analysis of the speech mechanism itself and the psychologic and physiologic principles involved in its employment for the purposes