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July 1956

The Rehabilitation of the Laryngectomee

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1956;64(1):1-2. doi:10.1001/archotol.1956.03830130003001

The laryngectomy without rehabilitation may serve only to prolong a miserable existence. Before operation one should begin to bolster the patient's morale. Even to the most stolid, the announcement that he has a cancer and therefore must part with his larynx comes as a severe shock. The unhappy man can hardly believe that without his voice box he will ever be able to talk to other people again, and too often he thinks at first that suicide is the best way out. Accordingly, when we tell him that laryngectomy is unavoidable we immediately introduce a laryngectomee who has mastered pharyngeal voice, being careful to pick out one with a cheerful, outgoing personality. The old hand is careful to explain to the patient that with practice he will be able to talk fluently and, though he will not be able to swim, he will almost certainly be able to return to

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