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September 1955

La voix: Cours international de phonologie et de phoniatrie de Paris (1953).

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1955;62(3):344. doi:10.1001/archotol.1955.03830030110021

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It is gratifying to have in a single volume a series of enlightening lectures on almost every phase of study in which the voice is involved. The lectures were first presented as a course to otolaryngologists by outstanding representatives in the fields of audiology, laryngology, phoniatry, psychology, radio broadcasting, and music. The topics are treated from a theoretical, practical, and—where pertinent—therapeutic point of view.

In its present form, the book's usefulness as a reference text is decreased by the absence of an index. The lectures are presented in chronological order of their delivery, thereby relegating some of the basic information, i. e., acoustic theory, description of electroacoustic apparatus, etc., to the middle and back of the book.

Although somewhat short, the chapters on the anatomy and physiology of the larynx are well done. Here the traditional myoelastic theory of vocal-cord vibration is rejected in favor of Husson's neurochronoaxic theory. The

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