The laryngeal neurosis is that symptom complex in which the laryngeal complaints of the patient are not attributable to organic disease but to some form of emotional conflict. That this type of neurosis is a definite clinical entity has been demonstrated by Jackson,1 Greene,2 Berendes3 and others.
The chief complaint of the 17 patients under our observation was prolonged hoarseness of rather sudden onset. Aphonia and diplophonia were rare occurrences. Sensory disturbances, such as paresthesia and hyperesthesia, were not encountered. Only one of the patients had experienced combat duty, all others having been stationed continuously within the continental limits of the United States since their induction or enlistment.
A complete clinical study was made in all cases to rule out organic disease of the larynx. Direct laryngoscopy, including the use of the anterior commissure scope or a tracheoscope, with thorough exploration of every part of the larynx and the subglottic